An exchange occurred on the yahoo group eurorealist last week, about the effect of “out-of-town shopping centres on the countryside, land use and small urban businesses. A gentleman from
Bristol posted the following,
“I used this as my sig some years back. Given the Labour intention to
destroy sensible planning constraints, maybe it’s time to bring it back:
“Out-of-town shopping centres are the retail equivalent
of slash-and-burn agriculture.”
If you agree, please share widely. Regards, Simonm.”
We are doubtless by now all aware of the orchestrated hate-campaign against the “Supermarkets”; that is to say, the most successful providers-to-the-UK-poor-and-working, of cheap food of all kinds and seasons in all history. We are now encouraged to think that they do us all a disservice thereby – mostly by people with more than one home, who work in the public sector, have no real duties that matter, and can afford to shop elsewhere through availability of time or privilege.
I replied as follows;
“Out-of-town shopping centres are the result of two socialist measures.
These are being forced through in the TEETH of ordinary people and their normal ingrained habits, which are (a) to drive, because it’s nice and convenient, and (b) to want to shop within towns, because it is a natural and social thing to do in free liberal societies.
Out of town shopping centres are the only way that “ordinary working people” with “families”, who have not time to scratch their sodding arses, can buy any bloody stuff whatsoever.
(1) The first socialist measure, that has caused out of town shopping centres, is the destruction of English Farming, thus “releasing” “land”.
Cheap mechanized food for all (is gone) and an example of how to farm, for all the world to follow (is gone.). Kulaks, natural enemies of the socialist regime in power here ( are gone). Free people (are gone). Natural conservatives and therefore anti-socialist Voters (are gone, to
Canada or somewhere else anyway.) In the words of Herbert Morrison, they will have been able to “BUILD THE FARMERS OUT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE”. (They can then pretend it has to be used for something else such as “farm theme parks” like Farmer Ted’s at Downholland, http://www.farmerteds.com (clever man! Shallow glossy place! EU funding!) and naturally also “developers” and “industrialists” will schmooze them up the arse like they did to the socialists in power in National Socialist Germany in the 1930s.
(2) The second socialist measure is to hate “The Private Car”. Thus, they make it impossible to park (or now, with “street furniture” and “traffic calming measures”) even ENTER your average town centre except in the small hours, when you would not want to anyway. At this time all the “smallbusinessmen who are the “backbone of our towns and a major strategic focus of our planning” (of course they are! they are for paying through the nose until they are gone!) are knackered and in bed, or else just defending their properties against marauding hoodies who walk (stagger) everywhere and only use “public transport” as a mobile robbing-arena.
The solution to “out of town shopping centres” is;
(a) Abolish ALL parking and driving restrictions in ALL urban areas.
(b) Remove ALL “calming measures” in same.
(c) Take the bloody (empty) buses away.
(d) Abolish opening hours legislation, especially Sundays.
(e) Let the Market discover how many drivers and when, can get into such places. Congestion is good; it indicates desire for facilities presented to customers (or no desire, if it does not occur) and it signals to drivers about when to drive and not to drive. It will force the extension of opening hours (good), plus an increase in employment of staff (good), and it will drive prices down at congested times.
(f) Abolish DEFRA and close it down, so farmers can be allowed to be paid by customers, to grow a bit of mechanised food now and again that someone will want to buy; not this earthy, mudspattered, emaciated, expensive organic animal-food. This will get the price of agricultural land up high enough so “developers” (whom I guess Simon does not like!) can’t make a “turn” from it so easily.”
(g) Allow traffic wardens to “seek for opportunities for retraining”, or “look for work” (in a Stalinist way I am meaning) as farm hands.
(h) Abolish “planning departments”. These are just machines for finding out what “local people” don’t want, getting bribed by “developers”, and forcing the “local people” to have what is bribed for. I like Tesco; maybe you do not. but Sir Terry Leahy would find it much harder to build so many superstores if the decision really was in the hands of “local people”. They mostly want their countryside to be working agricultural, and mostly want to be able to drive and park easily in their nearby towns and cities.
My measures above would satisfy all these points at once, while at a stroke abolishing up to 100,000 “jobs” in the socialist “salariat” that Gordon Brown hopes will vote for him in perpetuity.
Two or three times more, if you shut down DEFRA and the DoTER in ther entirety, and shredded the records and malleted all the hard disks. DD