Bless their little cotton socks. That little neighbourhood shop down the road, just next to the Butchers and the Fishmongers where you get all your little essentials - you know the one?
Well it seems they're opening another shop in the United States of Somewhere.
Isn't that lovely.
A little store to combat all those evil, nasty supermarkets who don't care about neighbourhoods, the environment or their employees quality of life.
Nasty, evil supermarkets who expand their way across a country, opening bigger and bigger stores, putting smaller, more convenient local stores out of business by deep discounting and loss leading. Huge corporate nasty supermarkets who will pay producers a pittance, but since they operate anti-competitive practices, the producers really don't have a choice and have to go along, realising less and less for more and more.
I could keep going.
I could list the evils of the big supermarkets until I'm blue in the face.
But I don't need to.
There's a website set up to show you exactly what I'm talking about - Tescopoly.org
Or try these - BBC, wiki, Independent, Friends of the Earth (pdf)
So, we now know big, nasty supermarket bad.
small neighbourhood market good.
Which probably explains why the biggest, nastiest of all UK supermarket's:
Has decided to enter the US market again, this time by branding themselves as:
As we watch this wolf in green, organic, fair-trade sheep's clothing sidle up to America it's no more than a spectacular fuck you to Britain really.