ignoring the big story down here at the moment, let me cast some attention on one that does not involve a firearm but does affect many people - and i mean millions - rather more directly. the media here has mentioned it in passing, which is nice but does not help.
we have not had a postal service to speak of for the last two weeks. why not? the workers, or rather people who are supposed to do a job they are paid for and indeed do it every now and then, at the sorting offices are on strike. what is the reason for the strike? that's a good question, as no one seems to know. there has been some rumblings that it is about "some money that some staff are owed from several years ago".
the result of the above is, as you might expect, the strike goes on for no reason and no one seems able to do anything about it. with a 30 minute bail hearing dragged out to 5 days for the benefit of the world media, no one is reporting on it.
what does the Post Office have to say about it? well, here's their bullshit statement from a week ago, the only "recent" news from them :
if you click on that picture i think / hope it will make it bigger. basically, it seems that the Post Office is claiming that this strike has been "contained". this is, of course, bullshit. no post delivered in the last two weeks, and no post collected either.
the assurances that they are working to resolve this issue "swiftly" does not fill one with confidence, considering the amazingly slow way they "swiftly" deliver mail. this means that i have not had one single birthday card in the post for starters, and i expect many others have missed out on important post.
to any of these self-righteous strikers who are reading this instead of doing the job they are paid for - if you don't like it, why don't you piss off and get a job you like and let someone else prepared to work take your job?
i suppose as and when my cards arrive, i can scribble out "birthday" on them and just write "Easter" underneath.
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!