Wednesday, March 22, 2006  

Communities in England are also fighting giants

Our roving reporter David Koffel has just returned from England with this news.
He has written to the Leader highlighting that the Coles issue is not a local issue. Over 200 communities in England are campaigning against the giant supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsburys .

David's letter to the leader:
(not published yet)
Congratulations to The Leader on its objective coverage of the Oatley rally and streetwalk against Coles, (‘We don’t want to be fed this: residents’. 7 March, 2006).
The people of Oatley are not alone in their struggle to keep their neighbouring shops local.
On a recent brief trip to Britain I was interested to discover that in that country there are over 200 local community groups campaigning against giant supermarket chains (Tesco and Sainsburys).

These local community groups have the same concerns as we in Oatley have: that these supermarkets damage our neighbourhoods and destroy the sense of communal loyalty of small villages and small shopping streets such as Mulga Road.

One British community successfully lobbied to drive away Starbucks. The battle can be won.
Declining patronage of McDonalds has led to that company closing 25 of its British ‘restaurants’ as locals took their custom elsewhere. McDonalds’ European president admitted that his company is facing something of a consumer backlash.

Similar local sentiment is strong in Italy and France.

It is only natural for people to keep the ‘local’ in their local community.
David Koffel
Oatley West

Independent 3 March 2006 "How we can stand up to the retail giants"
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