In late April, planning permission was “granted for changes to the front” of the Varsity pub, on London Road, which “is earmarked to become a Sainsbury’s store.” This will make it the third corporate supermarket within the space of a few hundred metres, the others being Tesco’s, and well… another Sainsbury’s!
In other Sainsbury’s news, last month construction began “on the site of the former GE Lighting light bulb factory, in Rushey Mead, Leicester,” and the new Sainsbury’s store “should be open ‘towards the end of the year’.” In this instance, one store will be built while another closed (the closed one being on Belgrave Road).
Today, in other regional shopping news, it was announced that: “The future of the £80million re-development of Hinckley town centre is hanging in the balance after Sainsbury’s announced it was pulling out of the project.”
Here, in light of their fickleness, I suggest that our local Council’s should exert political pressure upon the direction of Sainsbury’s ongoing building projects. This could be done by calling upon the aid of local politicians already benefiting from Lord Sainsbury’s wonga. A couple of Labour political operatives who come to mind being Liz Kendall and Abbey ward’s newcomer Vijay Riyait, both of whom are affiliated to one of Lord Sainsbury’s famous pressure groups.
Alternatively pressure may be brought to bear upon the Qatar Investment Authority, as it is the largest shareholder in J Sainsbury plc. The Qatar Investment Authority being headed by the the Prime Minister of Qatar, H.E. Sheik Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani — a powerful investor in elite projects like The Shard and One Hyde Park (the world’s most expensive block of flats).
Campaigners could cajole the Sheik — vis-a-vis future Sainsbury’s shopping development projects — by threatening to form a pressure group to ensure that all the owners of the ultra-luxurious flats at One Hyde Park pay their Council tax: as a report from late 2011 pointed out how “only four owners” were “paying the full council tax of £755.60 a year plus £619.64 to the Greater London Authority.”
Paying tax should not just be privilege reserved for the working class, but should apply to all… rich or poor: although the rich should pay more, that after all is the point of tax. Cruel and vicious projects like the “bedroom tax” must consequently be scrapped, and politicians forced to collect the £120 billion a year that goes uncollected in tax from the super-rich.