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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Sunday Trading


Here in Britain, larger shops may only remain open for six hours on Sundays. These Sunday trading laws are not uncontroversial, but the surprising (and, I think, heartwarming) thing is how popular they are with the general population.

There has been a recent campaign to roll back Sunday trading laws, driven by massive firms such as B&Q, Asda (part of Wal-Mart), and Ikea. Tesco was also a major player in this move, but recently pulled out in order to curry more favour with consumers. Tesco has been in PR hot water recently, facing claims that they wield too much power and influence in the British grocery market.

The Keep Sunday Special campaign has been one of the major proponents behind retaining the present Sunday trading laws.

I support them too, and although it is not yet written that they will stay or go, it is at least a consolation that I live (for now) in a country that would even consider such statutes.

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