24 September 2006

Yawn, Rosindell

My poltroon of an MP Andrew Rosindell usually manages to vent his spleen in the local papers every week , quite often on some ludicrous pretext. This week his hobby horse is the new online postal service offered by the Royal Mail. It is now possible to pay for postage online and download a special barcoded stamp which can be printed on to a label or directly on to an envelope.

So why is Rosindell indignant? Is he a luddite who thinks ye internette be ye worke of ye deville? Apparently not: Rosindell’s anger is at the decision not to have the Queen's head on the internet stamps. This decision apparently ends a long tradition of having the monarch’s head on British stamps. The world's first stamp, the Penny Black, was issued on May 6, 1840 and featured the head of a young Queen Victoria.

Mr Rosindell, a staunch royalist and keen stamp collector, opposed the idea when it was first mooted in Parliament 18 months ago claiming the company is trying to shake off its links to Queen and country.

Err so what, Rosindell. I think most people would be far more concerned that the letter, package or what have you gets to where it needs to go quickly than whether the Queen’s head is on the stamp or not. Perhaps Rosindell’s time would be better spent railing at the real issues like compulsory Morris dancing on Wednesday mornings.

Source: Romford Recorder


Bryan said...

In the US system you can put whatever you want on Internet stamps [within reason], but it costs a lot more.

I assume the Royal Mail will add the service in due time.

Morris dancing, that's almost as scary as people going about committing folk singing in public [yes, I read Terry Pratchett].

jams o donnell said...

I daresay they will add that feature some time Bryan. In the mean time does it matter or not whether the Queen's head is on the stamp or not? I say emphatically no!

committing folk singing in public? Now that does sound like a capital offence! I must admit I have never gottten in to Pratchett myself

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Finally, a reversal of fortune with someone telling the Queen, "Off With Her Head!"

*optional guillotines provided by request*

Anonymous said...

Does it have to be the Queen... or will any old queen do?

jams o donnell said...

Guillotines, GUILLOTINES? you think we are French!!! A trusty axe and several hacks will sever the head in true English tradition ewbl!

Well that's a good point Roger.. I think Danny La Rue would do.. he must be old and he was a drag queen!

Welsh Spin said...

Presumably he refuses to send any mail through a franking machine then?

jams o donnell said...

I wouldn't be surprised... I woulldn#t be surprised by anything Tory boy does!