I feel a bit betrayed by this huge price rise. Many would have "accepted" a penny or two price rise, but 14p extra for 1st class, 19p extra for Europe, and then even more on top for the higher weights, and parcels (no more discount for printed paper/small packets than airmail letters)....... Royal Mail started being only available to the rich, now it is going back that way.
I know Royal Mail is losing money, but they should be encouraging people to use the postal service, not pushing them away (e-mail is "free").
But, I like post, so I will continue to send and receive postcards and letters. I may not send as many postcards as I used to though: I am not a postcard collector and prefer more meaningful post.