So, we are finally hearing of detailed government plans for the privatisation of the Royal Mail, with a target date within the next twelve months. Their determination to go ahead -despite operating profits of £403 million in the twelve months to March 2013 and widespread opposition to the plans - appears to have little purpose than sustaining political dogma. The proposal to offer 10% of shares to Royal mail staff is not sweet enough to prevent an opposition campaign by the Communication Workers Union and Federation of Sub Postmasters which suggests industrial action and strikes are not too far away.
One has to be sympathetic to Queen Elizabeth's situation in this, her coronation jubilee year. Having to offer a prepared speech to parliament that will effectively remove her relationship with the institution. What if she had been able to write her own presentation? Maybe it would look something like this: