In Real England I followed the on-off tale of whether or not the Norfolk town of Sheringham, one of the last towns in England without a superstore, would be able to fight off a giant Tesco planned for its outskirts. At the time the book was published, it looked like being bad news. Tesco had stitched up the local council good and proper; for the full story, of course, you need to read the book.
But here comes some good news. For it seems that, at the long-awaited public enquiry, Tesco has been told in no uncertain terms to stay away.
As ever with these situations, it may not be over yet. Tesco has a history of grinding down local opposition. But this looks like it could turn out to be a test case and - who knows - maybe even a turning point in the battle to stop the destruction of England's high streets by the global behemoths. Fingers crossed.
Monday, 1 September 2008
I've just posted news of some new speaking events on the website. Have a look and see if any of them grab you. If you're in London, the highlight of this little batch is the debate at the ICA about whether the new' green' Tory party is for real, with Tim Yeo, George Monbiot and others. It promises to be a fun bash. Possibly literally.