The Kibworth Post Office service - or lack of it - has been the object of serious criticism in recent weeks, or maybe even further back in time. I recently waited 20 minutes to be served, while the one person serving sorted out the mailbags to be collected. The ‘organisation’ at the Post Office reminded me of a saying about Philip II of Spain whose reputation for delay was such that it was said “if death came from Spain we would all be immortal”. Substituting Post Office for Spain might well be the experience of queuing customers in Kibworth.
What has happened to those knowledgeable ladies who served there previously? Oh the wonders of the new (false?) dawn of privatisation!
On Sunday 10 December about 9am, I drove from Kibworth to Market Harborough train station. Heavy snow had fallen and settled on the road. I was in a queue of cars travelling steadily along the A6 with due regard to the conditions. No need for a gritter lorry. Eventually this road was gritted. Did that make it safer and free from black ice? I doubt it.
Many drivers assume, or like to assume after the roads are treated, that that they can drive as if it were a day in July. However, there is a more urgent issue at stake. During the icy conditions I walked along the pavement beside the shops in Kibworth. It was like an ice rink. What thought is given to the pedestrians, many of whom in these conditions are risking serious injury yet need to leave homes for provisions? Why prioritise cars? What exacerbates these regrettable accidents is that there is not just physical injury but the sufferer is, in many cases, in a state of trauma. This information is not guesswork, but received first hand from a doctor who is a trauma specialist.
One Saturday morning recently, I joined briefly the people by the Coach and Horses publicising the need for a bypass. What I heard then and subsequently was shocking. Notices drawing the motorists’ attention to the need for a bypass, situated off road south from the Coach and Horses had been forcibly removed. One man, far from discussing in a reasonable way, used threatening language to make his point, hoping to cower the proponents into submission. Worse still, one of the leaders in promoting the need for a bypass has had threatening letters through their postbox including death threats - all anonymous. How cowardly and juvenile can some so called adults be?
There is, however, an unfortunate trend in our society. Secularised liberalism is, paradoxically and increasingly, an intolerant aspect of our way of life. Are abuse and threats and public outcries the response to freedom of speech? ‘I disagree with what you say but defend your right to say it’. Are these words no longer relevant in our society?