The Observer has reported:
Ministers have admitted that thousands more post offices will crash out of business - in addition to the 2,500 that have already closed - if a contract for handling state pensions and benefits is not given to the Royal Mail.
A long-awaited decision on who wins the tender to run the successor to the Post Office card account, used by millions of pensioners and benefit recipients, is due to be taken within weeks by James Purnell, the Work and Pensions Secretary.
Banks are failing all around us.
The private sector is falling apart.
And the government is thinking of privatising pension payments.
Are they completely mad?