Surely this was an April Fools joke, sadly it isn’t

Some womble called Paul Charman thinks that NZ Post should be protected.

He argues there should be zero job losses at NZ Post because one day in the future the Internet might fail and we’ll need to return to sending letters…and the skills will be lost.

Sadly, he is serious and it wasn’t an April Fool joke.

Bill English has signed off on elimination of 500 more jobs at NZ Post – bad mistake.

Alongside efficient electronic communications, every functional country needs an efficient postal service. If something happens to the first, you can get by using the second.

There is a disturbing chance of New Zealand losing internet service during the next few decades and having to fall back on other means of communication.   

Even if this were only one chance in 100, there’d be no excuse for Mr English’s ill-starred plans to diminish our postal services through cost-cutting.

It’s like a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilot ripping out his manual controls in the belief “the computer can fly the plane better than me”.

Mr English should be enhancing our vital postal service, not destroying it with death by 1000 cuts.

If this country ever did lose the net, the result will be a short-term horror, of course.

But humans are adaptable; we’d get by as long as an alternative means of communication existed.

And it will exist, as in the ability to send letters, which till recent history kept the wheels of business and civil society turning just fine, as long as this facility is not dismantled.

The man is a fool. There are already credible, efficient and useful alternative to delivery…they are called courier companies, some are also experimenting with robot delivery…mail in the unlikely event it survives could also be delivered using robots.

With archaic and idiotic ideas like that it’s no surprise he works for the Herald. I await his next column calling for the return of buggy whip manufacturers and farriers in case cars and trains fail.

I’d say he will be next against the wall as cost cutting looms at NZME.


– NZ Herald

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