Off with her head! It's time for new stamps
The write-up is quite good, explaining why they are 'Machins' (and what 'Wildings' are), but he wrongly suggests that all collectors think the design should remain.
Machin's designs are quite out of kilter with the present day and have, frankly, felt so for decades.... one wonders whether the admirers, concentrating as they do on the fine details of various printing processes, even stop to think of the aesthetic of the design.
He writes that he "put this question some years ago to an official of the Royal Mail who was, inevitably, dismissive of my criticism". Heffer's long piece (which I can't find online) ends:
Doesn't she deserve something new, bright and beautiful to celebrate her 10th decade, on the stamps that bear her picture?
Well, he didn't ask the right people! As readers of the philatelic press will know, Royal Mail have been saying for some years (even after the Tony Benn period had passed into history), that Her Majesty did not want change and was quite content with the design as it is.
And ultimately, as the Queen has the final say on whether any new stamp is issued, let alone something as fundamental as the definitive which is most often used on letters and in illustrating newspaper articles, that is that!
Thanks to JV for his help with this article.