Why can’t I just type my postcode in…?

If you ever use a government site, particularly local government, and wonder why you couldn't have just entered your postcode to find your closest 'xyz' the answer is that Royal Mail want to charge too much for the right to use postal codes.

In other words one part of the Government, Royal Mail, is charging another part of Government, say your local authority, to make services more accessible for tax payers.

I'm sure that makes perfect sense to someone…