We in the medical profession have spilt a lot of ink and bile in our outrage over the government's half-baked plans to create a '7 day NHS'. We've been upset that a chronically overstretched work force is about to be stretched even further to satisfy a manifesto sound bite, and we've been upset by our final transition from professional worker to consumer commodity. But we've missed the bigger picture. We are just unwilling pawns in a bigger game.
So today we're focusing on the Royal Mail - what should be the People's Post. But let's also talk about the people's NHS, the people's schools, and yes, even the people's prisons - run with proper accountability, proper pay and conditions for staff, and the quality of services that we need - and could afford to pay for, if we weren't shovelling public money into private hands through privatisation, and allowing multinational corporations and rich individuals to skip their obligations to pay their fair share of taxes.
Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.