Su­per­mar­ket shame

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

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,


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