Friday, 8 May 2009

The rise of Tescoism

A recent Tesco rally at the head office in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England

Thanks to the Daily Squib for one of the funnyist - and chilling - images I've seen all week (and thanks Charl for forwarding it)

The Daily Squib has a great line in making readers squirm as it pokes fun at the rich and powerful, but this is almost too close to the bone even for me.

But, as with the best satire, there's more than a grain of truth in it. This is the same Tesco, after all, that dominates British retail, that sucks money out of local communities, that destroys town centres, jobs and neighbourhoods everywhere it goes and that, just in case you've forgotten, has just been granted a license to sell cheap alcohol to street drinkers in St James's Street, despite the opposition of ward councillors (that's me and Rachel), the local residents and businesses who will be forced to pay the price daily, and even Sussex Police.

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