Go on, be honest, if you are reading this and you are under the age of 45 how often, apart from the odd birthday card and a ruck of the things at Christmas do you ever actually send a personal letter to someone.

Come to that, how often even in business do you rely on the Royal Mail to deliver your messages?

You know the point I'm making, I'm certain.

The decision by the government to look to privatise the Royal Mail has been met with predictable outrage by the unions, the BBC, half of the politicians in the land, and a fair few customers.

The concerns are understandable, but seem to centre around what will happen to unprofitable mostly rural regions where private owners might be tempted to stop providing a service, and whether the cost of a stamp will go through the roof.

The first concern is valid, and the government will have to explore contractual requirements for any new owner to keep a service running in even the most remote areas of the UK.

The second would be down to the markets.

In the end, however, time will tell and force the pace of change.

My daughters haven't bought a stamp and sent a letter in their lives. Their children will find the whole idea of communicating by such a system as archaic.

The fact the postal system has been running since Henry VIII was on the throne is no reason we should subsidise it to the tune of billions of pounds just so its there if we feel the urge to use 'snail mail' for old times sake when for the want of money our health service cannot cope and our social services are found wanting.

Please feel free to write to your MP if you disagree with me - or email.