05 February 2011

The People's Supermarket - 160 Years Late

To recap, in 1844, the Rochdale Pioneers established a set of principles for co-operative organisations.  The principles provided such a successful framework that 160 years later, the food retailer with the most outlets in the UK is a co-operative.

Strangely, the makers of Channel 4's The People's Supermarket seem oblivious to this, as they promote their show in which they set you out to "start a high street revolution and change the way Britain shops for food" by creating a supermarket which gives the shoppers "a chance to vote on how the supermarket is run."

Maybe after this show, they could make a program about their attempts to start a transport revolution by inventing the wheel.


TFC said...

Spot on! We've been sloging away at this volunteer run peoples' supermarket idea here in Reading for over 6 years, but we certainly would claim to be pioneers.

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