Sale of Royal Mail Could Result in Queenless UK Stamps

The Independent is reporting on the scramble to keep the Queen’s head on UK stamps as the British government prepares to sell off Royal Mail, possibly to foreign companies.

I’ve often wondered what would happen to US stamps if the US Postal Service was privatized.  Would a private company, particularly a foreign company, have a reason to create commemorative stamps?  Would they see any reason to spend the money on design of interesting definitive stamps?  Would there be any first day covers?  In general, I fear that stamp collecting as hobby would fundamentally change.  If there were no new interesting stamps, people may stop collecting.  Older stamps would increase in value, which would be nice in the short-term, but in the end, it would drive people out of the hobby.

How do you think privatization would affect your postal system?


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