WE have all sat back and watched the supermarket wars and wondered what will be the next item the duopoly decides to reduce in price.
I wonder, however, how many of us really consider what is happening. If you support this blatant farce that they call competition, then you will deserve what will eventuate when the dollars finally settle.
Over the past 10 years, the dominance of these two chains has grown, so much so that they control nearly 90 per cent of what we eat and drink. This is capitalism at its worst. Bad capitalism is just like bad communism or socialism – it’s just plain bad.
It will not give you long-term freedom and gain, just short-term excitement and publicity. In the end the small retailers that deliver genuine competition will be obliterated, along with it the free market and then in the end total control over what you eat, drink and put in your car.
Why is this allowed to happen? Inept politicians too hung up on the daily media cycle and the polls are not delivering food security to us and we need to stand up and tell them we want it. This most essential part of our lives is being handed over to the heads of boards of these companies and they are destroying our free market for their own profit and gain.
Please think before you participate in this disgusting display of capitalism masquerading as competition. Let us start to make our politicians look at the big picture; no side of politics has done the right thing about this kind of monopoly or food security for the past 20 years.
The farmers are a forgotten species, while our lives are being played out for more taxes, more laws and more restrictions. Mining companies and t he big two supermarkets are controlling our lives to the point that the everyday person’s needs are lost in the race for revenue.
So what do we do, nothing – we have not demanded more from our leaders – just cheaper and that is what we are getting. Cheaper.
The issues that grace the media will seem small to you if you do not have clean and safe food in your stomach; I bet the Japanese in the affected areas would give anything for a safe and secure food source.
When the last farmer and the last small retailer are put in the glass case to go on display in a museum, what will you tell your grandchildren? That you just wanted cheaper? DEBRA GIBSON,