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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 July 2008
Post Office Leeds: Haranguing in the rain
LOCAL PEOPLE lobbied Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central, over the threatened closure of three post offices in Beeston. Hilary Benn was harangued by local activists and residents for almost half an hour before he could get out of the rain.
I told Benn that the decision to close our post offices was an ideological one; that the government has over many years forced the Postal Service to deteriorate. "Since the government opened up the postal service to the free market they have allowed big companies to cherry-pick the most profitable parts of it and paid postal bosses millions of pounds to axe post offices".
Benn claimed that post office closures were happening because people no longer go to the post office but do business online or in more accessible places. That, he said, is why the postal service is losing money.
I argued that the so-called 'people's' Post Office is losing money because they are giving it away to big businesses, which only makes life harder for working-class people. But this was wasted on a New Labour politician. I handed in our petitions with over 1,750 signatures.
Leeds Socialist Party is involved in Communities Against Post Office Closures (CAPOC) and our members will call on CAPOC to lobby the council to take over threatened post offices in Leeds.
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In The Socialist 16 July 2008:
Global finance crisis deepens
Feature: Price inflation - the sickness of capitalism
Change the system! not the climate
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka general strike
Military threat to Iran stepped up
Socialist Party NHS campaign
NHS - birthday greetings and warnings
Ambulances - calls doubled, no extra staff
Polyclinic courts Branson
Ex-Foley-ated! Union bashing NHS boss resigns as staff defeat pay cuts
Socialist Party campaigns
Glasgow East by-election Socialist change needed
Durham Miners' Gala rejects New Labour
One Wales rule for the rich...
Post Office Leeds: Haranguing in the rain
Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy
Bangor: Bus protest
Workplace news and analysis
Visteon takeover: Workers' determination defends conditions
Shop stewards conference: Workers and war
Workplace news: In brief
Notts campaign against the racist BNP grows
Anti-racism stall in Wrexham
No to the BNP's attempt to divide Stoke's communities!
'Dear Boris' - we will NOT be silenced!
The Socialist Comment
Government attacks single parents
Socialist Party review
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the working class went global
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