Every year since I have been an MP I have gone to my local Post Office around 6 am in the morning near Christmas, to thank the postal workers for their extra efforts over the Christmas season, and to wish them a happy Christmas when they reach it. Many of my colleagues do the same.
This year I wanted to go next week just before Christmas. My office was told it had to be today. I accepted and said I would arrive at 6.30 am, to catch the postmen and women before they left the Sorting office. We were told it had to be 8.30 this year.
At 8.30 I have to be at one of my regular Business breakfasts, when I brief local business people on the current economic situation and relevant matters from Parliament. My office explained this to the Post Office, and said it would be better to come early, or failing that later after breakfast, or some other day. We were told it was 8.30 on Friday or nothing.
So nothing it is then. Was it something I wrote on the blog I wonder?
At least I can use this blog to wish all the post employees a very happy Christmas, and to thank them for their work to get the post out in all weathers and at all times over the year. It’s just a pity that management would not allow me to do it person this year.