Friday, October 14, 2016

the terror war

hello there

it is always interesting, look you see, when people blame changes, developments and events on that which has not actually happened as of yet. there has been a quite spectacular display of this week, with the sensational nature of it of course enhanced by the ever keen to fan the flames of anything for a little while conduit that is "social media".

the short, actual news story - or non story, perhaps - was that a supplier and a grocer got into a bit of a debate about who should make the most profits, and as a consequence certain items from the supplier were either temporarily unavailable or in short supply. due to the dynamics of the relationship - both are, by and large, reliant on each other for any profit or even survival - this was resolved in days.

and yet it got played out all oh so dramatically. Tesco not carrying Unilever products because Unilever wished to increase prices by 10% "due to Brexit and the effect on the Pound Sterling" was the start of the end of society as we know it, dear reader, and a clear cut example of why Brexit is wrong.

because some of you like pictures, here's an advert i got mailed off of Poundland in the heat of the battle between Tesco and Unilever.

bravo Poundland for taking succinct advantage of the bad publicity surrounding a theoretical rival.

just a few random thoughts on all the fuss and nonsense, then.......with correct capitalisation......

* Brexit hasn't actually happened as such. Sure, it's going to happen, but it hasn't. Blaming anything on it is speculative at best. We will, in this regard, one day land a human on Mars. If you were to blame an asteroid hitting something or other now on the basis of that happening one day you'd get some peculiar looks.

* Aaah, but the Pound Sterling has crashed because Brexit will happen, and that's why. No. the Pound Sterling has crashed because of all them clever money and financial people who decided to, once again, place all of the coins of money eggs into one single basket. They bet wrong when they should have been preparing for any eventuality and not gambling.

* Glance, if you will, at the products above. If you look at the ingredients for most, a number come from within the UK itself. Others, in particular tea, come from countries who have a currency against which the Pound Sterling has not crashed. The 10% across the board increase due to "import costs" makes no sense.

and, well, you get the general idea.

with 24 hour rolling news coverage being a thing from multiple outlets, it is now the case - sadly - that every story must be sensationalised and made overtly dramatic so as that the provider may grab "market share" to secure advertising revenue.

and yes, i am guilty of perpetuating this non story by writing about it, so let me stop there.

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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