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Saturday, 23 April 2011

T is for Tesco riots

So, on Thursday night there was a riot in Bristol, on Stokes Croft. Was the riot caused by the massive austerity programme our 'elected' representatives are about to embark upon? Was it caused by widespread revulsion as we wade into a civil war in Libya in order to set up a client state to control that country's oil resources, all the while dressing up our involvement as some kind of 'humanitarian mission'? No? How about a popular grocer has opened up a convenience store in the neighbourhood? Man the barricades!

Indeed I'm being flippant. Tesco (much like Walmart in the US) is a corporate behemoth that has ridden roughshod over suppliers, competitors and communities in its pursuit of 'every day value'. It's been a key player in the degradation of our food culture and probably our health, and as such it deserves all the criticism it gets.

And yet still. A petrol bomb plot? A 300 person riot? Because of a shop? There comes a point where if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem, and I do wonder how constructive it really is to fuck shit up in the name of corporate protest. If you don't like the shop how about just trying not shopping in it? But then I suppose if its cider is cheaper then at the next door independent then that's not really fair, is it?

There's nowt so queer as folk as my mum used to tell me.

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