"They have it, therefore we must have it."
This is the age old cry from our gubmint whenever they want to introduce something really daft, be it minimum pricing on something or some new crazy law. For some reason they have never used the excuse to introduce gas chambers or stoning, but I suppose it's just a matter of time.
Their latest great scheme to be introduced solely on the basis that "every other country has it" [which I doubt] is the infamous Postal Code.
They have spent years on this project, and €27 million out of money that we don't have, to come up with a system which has been generally hailed as utterly useless. The most vociferous opponent of the scheme is our own postal system which sort of says a lot?
So €27 million euro on, and the scheme is finally being rolled out. Let's have a look at how it works.
Let's take a simple example. Suppose I want to write to my pension scheme administrator. Their address is Admin Building, RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The code that has been assigned is D04P297.
Now suppose I want to write to the canteen in RTE which is right beside the Admin Building? Their code is D04KC99. Note the similarity? No? Nor do I. Apart from the D04 bit [which presumably covers the Dublin 4 postal district containing many parishes] there is no logical connection.
Suppose I want to write to the Radio Centre? Well, I can't because they don't have a code so no more writing in for requests on your favourite radio programme! Write to the canteen and order a sticky bun instead.
Now suppose I am writing to my pensions mob and instead of using D04P297, I make a mistake and use D04P298, my highly confidential and important correspondence is going to end up in a company on Anglesea Road. Nice. I can kiss that letter goodbye. D04P296 drops my urgent missive into a block of apartments in a road I have never heard of!
They say that the great benefit of the system is that it will allow for pinpointing a location for an ambulance or fire brigade crew. OK, the first three letters of the code will lead them into an area several miles across, but where do they go from there? Unless they have extremely accurate SatNav systems that have a 100% reliable connection to a database, they are fucked. And are people supposed to rummage through all those old bills in all their drawers looking for their code [which they know is there because they saw it only last month], while the roof burns down over their heads?
And suppose I am driving along and come across an accident? I phone the ambulance and they request the code? Hah! "Sorry mate, haven't a clue. Forget it."
"Ireland now has a postcode system, which will make all our lives a little bit easier and a little bit better."
What??? How is a useless code going to make my life easier and better? Fucking hell! If they want to make my life a lot easier and immeasurably better they can stop coming up with all these crazy ideas and stop spending my fucking money. In fact if they really want to improve my life beyond measure they can all fuck off to North Korea.
So why are they so keen on this new system? Why do I have my usual niggling suspicions?
Anyhows they say the new system isn't compulsory.
I'll just ignore it.
Another €27,000,000 down the drain.
Methinks it's time to nuke D02A272?