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Via the wonderful medium that is Twitter, I stumbled over an utterly horrendous article which stated that the supermarket superpower Tesco, are to build their own ‘mini villages’.

I’m really, really, hoping that this article is  a spoof.  I’m not a lover of supermarkets, and truly believe that they already hold too much of a monopoly over our buying habits, put local businesses out of business, and limit our choices as consumers.  And not to get too ‘Big Brother’ but via store cards, credit cards, in-store pharmacies, and on-line shopping, supermarkets already know our buying habits – which brands of shampoo we use, if we are diabetic, whether we smoke, if we drink too much…

(I have a theory that if the supermarkets / major stored linked databases and stored information on each of us with those records held by the public sector, we truly would end up in a Big Brother society.  Imagine a system where the NHS could see how many units of alcohol you were purchasing from the shops each week, and up your National Insurance contributions accordingly?  I think we are only spared this at present because of the ‘preciousness’ of personal data – no supermarket would share it, and also the complete ineptitude of public sector offices to a) keep reliable information and b) not to leave it on trains etc.  But I digress.)

I just wonder if I alone in finding the fact that supermarkets also intend on supplying housing utterly horrifying..?


Written by Lores

April 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

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  1. I was having a conversation with Harry about this the other day as it happens…

    I hadn’t heard about the ‘mini villages’ before now though, and that kind of freaks me out. I get an image of some type of cloned society where everyone eats the same cereal, has 2.4 children and a white picket fence. Like The Truman show kind of

    It’s really awkward with supermarkets – like you say, they can work out most of your habits, probably your salary etc from what you buy. It’s quite intrusive
    But like you also said, people who don’t want to depend on supermarkets for their everyday needs don’t actually have a lot of choice at times because of geography – if you live in a certain area, your only option is pay high prices for mass produced/modified products because there’s just nowhere else to go

    For example, where I am right now in Salisbury, EVERY store here is a chain store. There isn’t one independent shop in this whole city. The closest you can get to natural/trustworthy produce is Holland & Barratt. Which I think is the case in a lot of places

    The best blog I have read for a while !


    April 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

    • Thanks Kate.

      Yep, it definitely depends on the area that you live in. A lot of places can be served by local veggie box schemes, but these can work out expensive. The problem is with the supermarkets is that they CAN undercut the prices of local retailers…at a cost to the quality of the production, environment and the people that they employ.

      I’m reading a book called ‘Not on the Label’ at the moment – you should check it out, it’s shocking reading about the food production used by supermarkets.

      But yes, the image of ‘Tesco Towns’ is truly horrifying. I wonder if they will have a ‘value’ range of housing, and a ‘finest’ range? (top end)

      Comrade Laura x


      April 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

  2. Thta is a horrifying thought, isn’t it? I read somewhere a while back that one pound out of every pounds spent in the UK is spent at Tesco – how truly awful!
    Although to be fair, I may buy a ‘value’ car and pretend the blue stripe is a racing stripe…


    April 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

  3. * one pound out of every EIGHT pounds I meant!
    Otherwise that stat is just rubbish.


    April 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

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