Government Minister, Vince Cable told parliament that the government has decided to sell off the Royal Mail.
This represents a complete change of heart by Mr Cable who told us before the election that he did not support privatisation of postal services. But we are used to Lib Dem ministers who told us one thing before the election and did another once they were safely in government. Listening to postal workers, it seems likely that the sell off will lead to rocketing prices and scores of staff losing their jobs.
It is also likely that sorting offices will close so we might have to collect parcels from Kirkby or Liverpool just to save money, yet another closure and yet another cut to go along with police station and ambulance station closures by the government.
The government is selling off a valuable asset which is owned by every single one of us, regardless of the views of the experts who say that costs will rocket, jobs will be lost and the service will suffer.
The Lib Dems and the Tories have nationalised Royal Mail's liabilities in the form of the pension fund, but they are now pushing on with privatising the profitable side of the service, the Royal Mail.
Royal Mail’s overall operating profits more than doubled over the last year from £152m in 2011-12 to £403m in 2012-13. It is now that Vince Cable and the rest of his Lib Dem and Tory friends are ploughing ahead with their plans to sell it off.
As with the East Coast Main Line, ideology has won out over common sense – it will be private investors who benefit from its commercial success not the taxpayer and most certainly not the customer.
Royal Mail is a fantastic public service which is owned by each and every one of us.
The idea that the Lib Dems and Tories are working together to sell off something we all own is outrageous.
In the 1980s even Margaret Thatcher decided against privatisation of the Post Office which at that time was all of the Royal Mail service. She said she wasn't prepared to sell off the Queen's head.
Vince Cable is going further than Margaret Thatcher ever dared to and he is a Lib Dem not a Tory - at least in theory.
I have been contacted by a number of concerned Royal Mail postal workers since Vince Cable made his announcement on Tuesday. Each and every one of them have raised with me their concerns about these privatisation plans.
They are offended by the offer of shares which they see as a bribe and they are worried about the future of the service that will affect every single one of us through rising prices and a poorer service.
They predict an end to the universal service, which has seen a comprehensive six day delivery to anywhere in the UK for the same price, as a commercially run service will be run in the interest of profit at the expense of the customer. Bizarre when the Royal Mail is making a profit and is already highly efficient according to their own figures.
Staff they see this privatisation as a direct threat to their jobs.
Royal Mail is a major employer in Sefton Central. It is the people whose jobs are on the line and the thousands of Royal Mail customers who rely on the service day in and day out that I represent.
I strongly oppose these privatisation plans and I will be calling on Vince Cable and the rest of his Lib Dem and Tory colleagues in the Government to scrap the plans.