There has been widespread condemnation from the online community in response to Royal Mail's proposed increase in the 1st class stamp. If the postal service gets it's way, the price of the stamp could rise to above £1.
The news has not gone down well online. On twitter, there have been hundreds of comments sent with the hashtag #whatsastamp. One such tweet from @attnseeker asked 'how can we communicate with the outside world now?'. Another from a clearly distressed @faome said 'OMG I sent a letta to santa 6 yrs ago and fink I used a stamp then, how will kids 2day cope wid dat'
The Royal Mail has said it needs to increase it's stamp prices to help offset the fall in people corresponding using paper and pen. This is something that has been strongly denied by the Facebook group 'fuck the Royal Mail', set up by a 12 year old schoolboy in response to the allegation. 'I have loads and loads of messages on the group's wall that say that Royal Mail don't even know nothing so they should shut up. They're just trying to call me thick but they don't even know me'
We have even received Emails from many people who are upset with the decision. One such correspondence came from 73 year old Edna who, over the course of the 12 page document, asked 'how could older people like me talk to our families that have moved away. My son who lives in the next town emailed me to check I was alright after hearing the news. Of course I don't want to upset him, so I sent him a joke about Gringotts and Goldman Sachs that I couldn't possibly repeat.'
Our last message came from John, who was in Oxford Street when he heard the news. He sent his opinion which read 'how can we talk to each other now, especially if we are not near a computer' via a text.