Friday 7th March, 7:30 pm, Unity House, Fennel Street Loughborough
Discussion to be introduced by Ray Sutton and Martin Sears.
That superstores have a negative impact; he quotes from a statement, put out in 1998, from the government Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions which said: ” Our research has shown that large food stores can have an adverse impact on market towns and district centres………..smaller centres – which are dependent to a large extent on convenience retailing to underpin their function – are most vulnerable to the effects of larger food store developments…..”
The latest ‘in’ campaign is to bash the home grown UK supermarkets and in particular: Tesco. Meanwhile the British subsidiary of the US company that stocks lethal weapons, for sale to virtually anyone who can stand upright and quote the 2nd Amendment, is praised to high heaven in the online anti Tesco comments threads, along with the German Companies who have created a ‘successful’ selling proposition from rubbish looking stores.
This trend is exacerbated by Ukip and others attempting to convince the British public that the ’50s were the golden age in Britain due, in large part, to small shops filled with happy friendly people from across the social strata all mixing together as they trotted from one independent family run specialist shop to the other. Having lived through the ’50s my perception of the reality is very different. However, were Napoleon and Adam Smith both right?
Attacking ‘superstores’ is not the same as discussing the merits or otherwise of supermarket organisations such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc. The trend amongst supermarkets is to create ‘convenience’ outlets such as Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local. The supersized store is yesterday’s battle and is no longer the issue it was.
John Greenwood asks:
Do local authorities in the UK have the power to create zones with store size caps? These appear to be prevalent in the USA, see: http://www.ilsr.org/rule/store-size-caps/
These caps set a maximum floor area for stores in the zone and appear to be aimed at “big box retailers” such as Wal-Mart. They also can set chain size caps in zones to encourage local businesses.
Should we campaign for local authorities to have and use such powers?
(I am asking this in advance as I shall be chairing this meeting)
John Storer House at 7.30 pm on Thursday March 13th
A showing of the film about the “DIRTY 30″striking Leicestershire miners in the miners’ strike of 84/85, with an introduction by the author, David Bell, of a book about the Dirty 30 which contains references to the roles of various people in Loughborough (including Geoff and Ray ), particularly in relation to food collections for miners’ families. There will be refreshments available. Ray is also hoping to book some of the entertainers who contributed to the recent memorial event for Mike Hamilton. The event is free but a voluntary collection will be taken to cover expenses.
Friday 21st February, 7:30 pm, Unity House, Fennel Street Loughborough
The British Press is overwhelmingly right wing: the combined circulation of the Sun, Mail, Express, Telegraph and Times is around 5.5 million.
The only “popular” paper leaning a bit leftwards is the Mirror, with around 1 million circulation, while the left-leaning “qualities”, the Guardian, Independent and “i” manage only 560,000 between them ( of which the bulk is “i” which is very cheap ). And Benefits Street ( described by Owen Jones as “TV at its worst” ) demonises people on benefits in Channel Four’s stampede for ratings.
Geoff will argue for, at the very least, a law which limits ownership by any one individual or private organisation to one national newspaper, but, ideally for a world in which the media is owned by democratically-run organisations.
An Evening of film, music, poetry and folk song
The Friday Room, Unity House, Fennel St., Loughborough.
Friday 7th February 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A new Loughborough hope not hate group is being established aiming to celebrating Loughborough’s multiculturalism Challenging misinformation and myths on immigration Fighting prejudice. A launch meeting is to be held on Wednesday 29th january 2014, 7.00 p.m. at Unity House, Fennel Street.
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Friday 24th January, 7:30 pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough
Discussion to be introduced by Daniel Henry
Daniel is a member of the Social Liberal Forum, which claims to represent the mainstream Lib Dem membership.
We plan to hold meetings on the following dates:
7 Mar: Derby 50K, a discussion group a bit like the Friday Room, have booked Russell Brand, so we thought Friday Roomers might like to support this. Watch this site for further details!
No topics have been finalised yet, suggestions are always welcome.