I had almost forgotten about our glorious postcode system.
I was reminded the other day when I was ordering something or other online and there was a little box prompting me to enter my postcode [if applicable]. I ignored as usual but it decided that a postcode was applicable and I was fucking enter it whether I liked it or not.
Now I haven't a fucking clue what my postcode is. I did my usual thing of entering "00" as my code and the order was accepted, but it got me thinking. What the fuck happened to this great and wonderful system that the gubmint landed on us? I decided to do a brief bit of research.
The first thing I discovered was that the system cost us the princely sum of €50 million. They officially claim €38 million but that doesn't count the cost of all the various departments having to change their stationary, computer programmes and that kind of shit, so that brings it up to the €50 million mark.
We were told by our magnanimous leaders that the postcode would be given free to each household. Wow! But of course the dumbfucks choose to overlook the small fact that householders don't get the code for free – we have to shell out €50 million, but then it does illustrate perfectly how they think that tax revenue is theirs and not ours.
The system has been officially in place since last July. To date I have seen the code used just once. Yes – I have received just one item with my postcode on it. Naturally that was the card telling me what my postcode is.
Normally my full address is Name, House name, Townland, Village, County. The nearest big town [Skobieville] is optional but rarely used. Since July I have received letters that omit the Townland, some gave the Townland but omitted the Village while nearly all omit Skobieville [eminently sensible]. I did get one large package [from the gubmint] that had name, house name, townland, village, Skobieville, county and country, and the damn thing was covered in stickers telling me to use the full address. Maybe that was because there was no postcode?
I see that no one is using the fancy postcode, simply because it is so fucking confusing. Courier companies, emergency services, police, no one uses the useless things so it is a perfect example of €50 million down the drain [presumably just so we can keep up with our “brothers” in Europe].
A while ago I was chatting to the postman out at the gate. I asked him about the codes and whether anyone uses them. He sniffed.
"Sure why would I need postcodes for" was his laconic reply.
"Don't I know where you live?"