Bit of a rant today – sorry.
This morning, a little later than usual, the milkman delivered our two pints of semi-skimmed.
A little later, the postman delivered my eagerly awaited copy of Classic & Sportscar together with the inevitable bills and junk mail.
I noticed last week that we were running a little low on coal for our fire, so I called the local coal company and they said they’d deliver today.
Sure enough, at 11am the coal man arrived with 10 bags of Grade B.
So – we’ve had some snow and the roads aren’t bone dry or clear from kerb to kerb, but all of these private companies managed to get their jobs done because they need to earn a living by providing service.
In contrast, the village school was closed today because the teachers couldn’t get to school and the head teacher worried that there may be a fatality if parents tried to get their children to school.
Monday is also “bin day” for our end of Warslow.
Surprisingly, our bins remain full at the end of the day having not been collected for 5 weeks (there was a smattering of snow the last time they were due to be emptied).
We now have 5 weeks worth of rubbish and recycling from both our house and the Barn piled up at the gate, despite calls to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
If ever there was an example of the differing attitudes of public and private services in the UK, this is surely it.
I’m off to entertain the kids for the rest of the day – perhaps I could pay them to carry our rubbish down to the Council House in Leek and dump it on their doorstep.
<rant really over>