Monday, 20 May 2024

Shop Locally This Christmas!

THE National Liberal Party is well known for its annual campaign which encourages folks to ‘Shop Locally This Christmas!’ And this year is no exception.

With the possibility of a double-dip recession – and dire predictions for Britain’s social and economic future – we must do all in our power to support our local shopkeepers and our local economy.

Our campaign is based on moral, social and economic grounds.

Morally, we think that it’s both just and right to support local shopkeepers. In some cases, family-owned and run concerns have served the local community for generations.

Socially, we feel that local shops form part of the ‘glue’ that helps to maintain community spirit. WE can do no better than quote the writer and campaigner, John Papworth on this:

“Think for example of how shopping in a family-owned shop in a village high street means one is relating to ones neighbours, supporting the local village economy and generally playing an active, even significant, social role. Whereas in an out-of-town supermarket one is socially comatose and undermining the social significance of the local community economy. One ceases to be a citizen, one becomes a customer.”

Economically, money spent locally is more likely to stay in – and benefit – the community. Spending in giant supermarkets only serves to build the profits and power of the corporate might of the supermarkets. Additionally, their ideal is the complete opposite of ours. They believe that ‘big is best’ whilst we say ‘small is beautiful!’

With this in mind, we’d call upon all of our members and supporters to Shop Locally This Christmas!

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YES it’s that time of year again – Christmas is coming! But in your haste to do the shopping, don’t forget the local shops and businesses in your area. Give them an early Christmas present by shopping locally today.

The National Liberal Party knows that times are hard and price considerations are obviously very important, but many small shops depend on their Christmas trade to see them through much of the following year. At present, many shopkeepers are hit hard by the recession – caused by the credit crunch – high interest rates and the criminal bank debt-system.

The shopkeeper, as a self-employed businessman or woman, plays a vital role in the local economy. (And don’t forget that these small shops collectively employ hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the length and breadth of Britain). Local shops are not only important for the elderly and young mothers, but are part of the glue that helps to maintain community spirit – a place to bump into friends, neighbours and relatives.

If we don’t support our local shops and businesses today, we may loose them forever. Then people will have no other choice to travel directly into the nearest city or town centre for the smallest of items. This may be ok if you have your own transport and are fit and healthy. However, the elderly or young mothers wouldn’t really look forward to beating a path through the massive Saturday shopping crowds found in our large towns and cities.

The message is clear. For the community spirit to survive and prosper, we must give local shops as much trade as possible. The National Liberal Party says support your local shops, shopkeepers and shop workers. Shop locally this Christmas!

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