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|Barcode Stamp Runs into Royal Trouble|
- Lack of royal head on new internet service annoys traditionalists
THE NEW barcode stamp "is not a replacement" for the Queen's head version beloved of many collectors, said the Royal Mail.
Traditionalists had feared the lack of Queen on the 'stamps' would lead to normal stamps also losing her famous silhouette.
From now on, companies and home computer owners will be able to pay for postage on-line and print off a barcode on their envelopes as proof.
"We have launched this service in response to demands from the public who want to be able to buy and print their postage online, direct onto an envelope or a label," said Alex Batchelor, Royal Mail's marketing director.
The Royal Mail has included a crown in its design to accompany the barcode, but its spokespeople say the royal silhouette has proved difficult to reproduce to the required right-royal standard.
Such reasoning, or the fact pre-paid business post has long been free of the royal head, doesn’t appear to wash with some people.
"The Royal Mail have shown scant regard for tradition and the fact people like stamps to have the monarch's head on them," said Tory MP Nigel Evans.
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