Blog: Public backlash against supermarkets?

Catherine Sleep | 4 February 2005

According to a new poll, the great British public is waking up to the fact that supermarkets have ‘too much power’ and is keen to see greater government intervention to impose limits.

Almost half of participants in an ICM poll said that Tesco is getting ‘too big and powerful’, while 82% thought the government should impose rules and regulation to make supermarkets act in the public interest.

The survey’s findings are being interpreted as a warning shot across the bows of Tesco and its ilk, but why? In my experience we Brits are very good at agreeing that things need to change, without actually taking any steps to bring that change about. I don’t think supermarkets need fear a noticeable drop in footfall anytime soon.

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