Tuesday 27 January 2004 5.16pm
Hi there - was nice to meet so many people on Friday.
As part of my "log" of continuing problems, I received today a packet, sent by First Class mail in December (yup, 17th Dececmber folks) from Oxford.
I had assumed it was one of the million "missing" items that the Post Office apparently loses every week (according to our friendly researcher) and had got the company to resend the packet to my work address.
So I now have a bit of a dilemma - in that I've received two cashmere hot water bottle covers (it was a Christmas present - don't ask) for the price of one. I guess the decent thing to do is return it - but the thought of paying one penny to Royal Mail - especially when that penny is incurred as a result of their inability to deliver a packet within one month of posting....
Although, I do wonder if this is a sign that someone, somewhere in Mandela Way
is dusting off all the piles of missing post and packets in response to our efforts ? It would be nice to think so.
Finally, did anyone else catch Simon Hughes
' explanation as to why Royal Mail declined to come along to the meeting on Friday ? I was moving chairs at the time, but I think he said that Royal Mail didn't think it was appropriate to attend because criminal or disciplinary proceedings could result. I didn't get a sense of whether this is because there is an active investigation under way at the moment by them, or simply because the complaints aired at our meeting could, one day, lead to such proceedings. Interested to know how other people understood this comment ?
The former would imply a more serious problem with the post in SE1 than mere incompetence, as we discussed on Friday.