I sometimes ponder upon how politicians come to a decision.
Do they take a consensus amongst their constituents before making their minds up or do they have some kind of inner sanctum wherein all the great wisdom of mankind is kept? After all, these decisions usually affect us all in one way or another for better or worse [usually worse].
There has been a bit of a kerfuffle here this week over the news that 159 post offices are to close, mainly in the west in lesser populated areas, leaving some old folk with an extra journey of eight or nine miles to the nearest remaining post office where they can collect their pensions.
The Minister was asked to justify the harsh treatment of our more rural brethren and he replied that they had voted for it themselves. Now there had never been an election, a plebiscite or even an opinion poll in the areas involved but the Minister persisted.
“This is the fact of it, and some people have failed to acknowledge this, but the local community have bypassed some of those post offices, have gone to the bigger towns, have not used the local shop,” he said.
So they must have employed teams of people to monitor the devious goings on of the local citizenry? They must have monitored all the traffic and conducted questionnaires in the main supermarket doorways?
If not, then how did he come to this remarkable revelation?
“I listened to a postmaster during the week, who made the point [that] they were going to some of the German retailers in the bigger towns, collecting their pensions there, and passing the local post office and now are complaining that the local post office is closing.”
Ah! So he listened to a postmaster. This one anonymous chap’s opinion is the font of this golden wisdom. That explains it all. That’s how momentous decisions are made.