Death by thousand cuts.
Millions in rural Britain rely on their Post Office not just for stamps or fishing licences but for social interaction within the heart of their community.
In no other circumstance would an industry's future get so close to the wire without firm plans and it is clear from the four million strong petition recently handed to Downing Street that this issue is of vital importance to many. Services such as the TV licence and the Post Office Card Account have been taken away one by one, leaving Post Offices to suffer death by a thousands cuts.
The clock is ticking and a long overdue plan for the future is needed.
SIMON HART, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance, London