Ernest Marples

6 11 2009

Interesting ongoing saga from Harry Metcalfe, who we saw speak at Government 2010 last month. It seems that Harry, and his friend Richard Pope, are facing legal action for ‘setting free’ the UK postcode database (maintained and owned as an asset by the Royal Mail).

Interestingly, and perhaps an indictment of the disintegration of the true meaning of public service, a relative of Ernest Marples himself (the Postmaster General who introduced the postcode), supports their endeavor. Tom Watson MP has tabled an early day motion asking the Royal Mail to create a new licence for not-for-profits to use postcode data for free (as Metcalfe and Pope wish to do for their and projects).

Best of luck to Harry and Richard in this. The Royal Mail owes a duty of service to the people of Britain: not-for-profits and mashup government services (both key features of the PBA) can make this much more effective at virtually no extra cost to the government.

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