Posts by Roy Mayall

For Sale

Magical Thinking

The Cost of Privatisation

The Future of Work

Dogs v. Posties

Why ‘modernise’?

Model of a Modern Royal Mail

Under the Weather

The Unsorting Office

Natural Monopoly

Privatising the Royal Mail

Best Management Talent

Executive Pay

‘You Can Take the Time from Your Break’

A Culture of Mutual Interest

Not the Deal of the Century

The National Agreement and the Press

The Huddle

Management-Speak

Beat the Post

Not Royal Mail?

Loopholes

How the Union Negotiates

Who regulates the regulators?

The Meaning of 'Deregulation'

Not Nostalgia

'Dear Granny Smith'

Out of Kilter

The Dispute Isn't Over

Going Dutch

What's a Freelance Postman?

On the Picket Line

Goes on Strike

Off their (Electric) Trolleys

Attendance Procedures

Sick Postmen Get the Sack

Read more by Roy Mayall on the LRB website.

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    Chris Lehmann: The Candidates
    18 June 2015

    ‘Every one of the Republican candidates can be described as a full-blown adult failure. These are people who, in most cases, have been granted virtually every imaginable advantage on the road to success, and managed nevertheless to foul things up along the way.’

    Hugh Pennington:
    The Problem with Biodiversity
    10 May 2007

    ‘As a medical microbiologist, for example, I have spent my career fighting biodiversity: my ultimate aim has been to cause the extinction of harmful microbes, an objective shared by veterinary and plant pathologists. But despite more than a hundred years of concentrated effort, supported by solid science, smallpox has been the only success.’

    Jeremy Harding: At the Mexican Border
    20 October 2011

    ‘The battle against illegal migration is a domestic version of America’s interventions overseas, with many of the same trappings: big manpower commitments, militarisation, pursuit, detection, rendition, loss of life. The Mexican border was already the focus of attention before 9/11; it is now a fixation that shows no signs of abating.’

    James Meek: When the Floods Came
    31 July 2008

    ‘Last July, a few days after the floods arrived, with 350,000 people still cut off from the first necessity of life, Severn Trent held its annual general meeting. It announced profits of £325 million, and confirmed a dividend for shareholders of £143 million. Not long afterwards the company, with the consent of the water regulator Ofwat, announced that it wouldn’t be compensating customers: all would be charged as if they had had running water, even when they hadn’t.’

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