Rumours have been circulating for quite a time that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is proposing to sell off the Ordnance Survey in his Budget.
I wouldn’t be surprised.
Osborne has over the past five years flogged off much of our family silver (usually to his mates and political supporters). And not just the family silver – the table and the tablecloth as well.
The Ordnance Survey is responsible for the UK being one of the best mapped countries in the world. OS maps are second to none and used not just by walkers but lots of other people.
The OS is one of our greatest assets.
And yet Osborne, a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, would sell the OS.
We all know what the results would be. If a private company took over the OS we would find ourselves paying much more for these beautiful maps. We would find that – to save their profits – commercial companies wouldn’t update them so often.
We would all be the losers.
So please click on the House of Commons website and email your Member of Parliament, or write to your MP at House of Commons, London SW1A, demanding that the Ordnance Survey remains a public asset.
Please do it today – tomorrow may be too late!