It’s not often that we source news from The Daily Express (or indeed Lib Dem Voice who brought this to our attention). However the Daily Express reports that three postmen have been sacked for failing to wear cycle helmets. One is a father of two who has worked for Royal Mail for 17 years. The Express are, I believe half correct in suggesting that the bosses are looking to cut costs ahead of planned privatisation. But – at the risk of sounding ridiculous for critiquing such a paper as the Express in this way – such an approach is to narrowly economistic. The government have had trouble finding a buyer not simply because of Royal Mails high costs but because of the strength, militancy and organsiation of the work force. Moves such as this are not simply about cutting costs, in the immediate sense, but about intimidating the workforce and sapping there confidence. It is as much about industrial politics as industrial finance.