Woolworth's in Britain is a slightly different kettle of fish to what you get here in New Zealand or over the Tasman.
In fact, I cannot think of a close Kiwi equivalent of the glorified newsagent, cum sweet shop, music and gifts retailer.
Last winter, I thought the Woolworths stores were looking a little tired and past it.
Anyway, along with another regular UK chain, MFI, the store has called in the receivers.
But as Archbishop Cranmer notes, if the banks can demand and get government help, why shouldn't the retailers?
But could you please explain to His Grace why incompetent, inefficient banks are worth bailing out, but there are no plans afoot to nationalise Woolworths?
Why is the preservation of pick’n’mix not worth a few paltry millions of taxpayers’ money, when the banks have had hundreds of billions?
Why are the jobs of hundreds of banking executives worth preserving, despite their shoddy business plans, while thousands of humble shop-workers are forced to pay the price for Labour’s economic incompetence?
What is this Socialism that bails out the very wealthy and powerful financial institutions, but leaves the weak retailers to die?
What is this Socialism that sides with the might of Mammon while the poor face penury?
What is this Socialism that feeds the banking fat cats on lean and expensive meat, but leaves the workers to the dog-eat-dog world of the market?
Did Gordon Brown claim to have a moral compass?It must be broken.
Anyway, strange as it sounds, New Zealand may well go down the path laid out by Gordon Brown : Bill English is considering bail outs of big businesses facing trouble!
Just who and what can he possibly mean? I retain the concerns I expressed yesterday.
And I don't think Archbishop Cranmer would be too happy either!