Once again they are going to introduce a postcode system here.
I say ‘once again’ as this topic crops up fairly regularly. They tried before and each time it was abandoned for various reasons. Why is it that this time I smell the faint rank stench of Brussels hovering over this effort?
They have neatly reduced every “productive” member of the state to a number, so now that they have discovered that property too can be productive, that has to be reduced to a number as well.
They say it’s to facilitate essential services such as ambulances and fire brigades. I say it’s to facilitate the cataloguing of their tax assets.
They say it’s going to cost the state €15 million. I say you can double that for a start. They don’t however mention the cost to hard pressed businesses? They are going to have to reprint all their stationary and modify all their web sites. And why is it going to cost €2.5 million a year to “maintain”? Once the system is in place it should be fixed for all time and should need no “maintenance”? Do they have people “maintaining” the alphabet? Do they have people “maintaining” the numerical system?
Of course, if this is introduced, it is going to cause massive confusion. What happens if the code conflicts withe address? Some postmen will be sensible and ignore the code, while others will try using the code and will get hopelessly lost.
I can’t wait to see what kind of mess they will make of it. There is only one way to identify a location using a number and that is to use coordinates. They can try using Latitude and Longitude or they can use Ordnance Survey grid references. Either would be utterly meaningless to anyone unless they either had a full set of maps or a satellite navigational system. So doubtless they’ll come up with a different system which will be useless to anyone.
Let the fun and games begin.