Lost in the post
Few major businesses in Britain can be as beleaguered as Royal Mail. Grappling with a declining market, increasing competition, tight regulation and a sole shareholder in the shape of the government, one of the country’s most recognised brands now faces possible strike action by the Communication Workers Union.
Beyond these quotidian travails, however, lies a larger strategic issue: how do you liberalise the postal market while retaining Royal Mail in public ownership? In most other major privatisations, like telecommunications, the state monopoly was privatised first and the market gradually liberalised afterwards. But the postal market…
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