16 thoughts on “Enemy at the Gates: the lonely struggle of a Welsh Gaul”

  1. Posted 13/08/2009 at 10:32 | Permalink

    I don’t wish to be insulting, but George Monbiot sounds like a conservative. Is he content simply to resist change, or would he actually prefer to turn the clock, I wonder?

    I think I may be able to suggest a solution to his ‘injustice’. It depends on coercion, too, which should satisfy George. Why doesn’t the government nationalise the proposed Tesco store in Machynlleth and then run it as a government enterprise? I dare say that would soon produce a strong movement of local opinion against the new store.

    And in the end taxpayers should be pleased too, since closing down the failing government store will save them having to finance its continuing losses.

  2. Posted 13/08/2009 at 10:32 | Permalink

    I don’t wish to be insulting, but George Monbiot sounds like a conservative. Is he content simply to resist change, or would he actually prefer to turn the clock, I wonder?

    I think I may be able to suggest a solution to his ‘injustice’. It depends on coercion, too, which should satisfy George. Why doesn’t the government nationalise the proposed Tesco store in Machynlleth and then run it as a government enterprise? I dare say that would soon produce a strong movement of local opinion against the new store.

    And in the end taxpayers should be pleased too, since closing down the failing government store will save them having to finance its continuing losses.

  3. Posted 18/08/2009 at 13:00 | Permalink

    Having had a look at George Monbiot’s blog I am very impressed at his energy – strident opinions on so many things, and virtually all of them wrong….

  4. Posted 18/08/2009 at 13:00 | Permalink

    Having had a look at George Monbiot’s blog I am very impressed at his energy – strident opinions on so many things, and virtually all of them wrong….

  5. Posted 19/08/2009 at 10:17 | Permalink

    Initially I hypothesised George Monbiot was a fictional character made up by some free-marketeers. Everything he writes is just too ‘too’; as if someone tried to confirm each and every cliche. Along the lines of: “Let’s make up a column writer who produces concentrates of leftie buzzwords. Let’s give him an English-sounding forename and a French-sounding surname; James Lacroix or so.”

  6. Posted 19/08/2009 at 10:17 | Permalink

    Initially I hypothesised George Monbiot was a fictional character made up by some free-marketeers. Everything he writes is just too ‘too’; as if someone tried to confirm each and every cliche. Along the lines of: “Let’s make up a column writer who produces concentrates of leftie buzzwords. Let’s give him an English-sounding forename and a French-sounding surname; James Lacroix or so.”

  7. Posted 20/08/2009 at 19:31 | Permalink

    ‘Locally-based environmental campaigner and journalist George Monbiot has said that the development will “wreck Machynlleth”. However, local resident of 60 years Kay Jones said she was furious over [MP Lembit] Öpik’s petition [against the siting of the new Tesco in the town]. “What has this got to do with him? “The majority of the town are for this supermarket, as it will bring jobs to the area. Machynlleth is going to be left behind and it will be left as some quiet backwater place.” The Mayor of Machynlleth, Cllr Sylvia Rowlands, said she had been inundated with comments from the public over the Tesco plans. “The response I’ve had is that more people are for it than against,” she said ‘

    Aberaeron Today, 6 August 2009

    http://www.aberaeron-today.co.uk/tn/News.cfm?id=30845&headline=Store%20Wars%20break%20out%20in%20Machynlleth!

    Here is the ‘We want Tesco’ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122381426973&ref=search&sid=756513153.2328930730..1

    And here is the ‘Stop Tesco Invading Machynlleth’

    http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Stop+Tesco+Invading+Machynlleth&init=quick#/group.php?gid=218414910390&ref=search&sid=756513153.3835246413..1

    Membership currently running three to one in favour of Tesco

  8. Posted 20/08/2009 at 19:31 | Permalink

    ‘Locally-based environmental campaigner and journalist George Monbiot has said that the development will “wreck Machynlleth”. However, local resident of 60 years Kay Jones said she was furious over [MP Lembit] Öpik’s petition [against the siting of the new Tesco in the town]. “What has this got to do with him? “The majority of the town are for this supermarket, as it will bring jobs to the area. Machynlleth is going to be left behind and it will be left as some quiet backwater place.” The Mayor of Machynlleth, Cllr Sylvia Rowlands, said she had been inundated with comments from the public over the Tesco plans. “The response I’ve had is that more people are for it than against,” she said ‘

    Aberaeron Today, 6 August 2009

    http://www.aberaeron-today.co.uk/tn/News.cfm?id=30845&headline=Store%20Wars%20break%20out%20in%20Machynlleth!

    Here is the ‘We want Tesco’ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122381426973&ref=search&sid=756513153.2328930730..1

    And here is the ‘Stop Tesco Invading Machynlleth’

    http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Stop+Tesco+Invading+Machynlleth&init=quick#/group.php?gid=218414910390&ref=search&sid=756513153.3835246413..1

    Membership currently running three to one in favour of Tesco

  9. Posted 21/08/2009 at 17:41 | Permalink

    I am a native of Machynlleth and I can assure everyone that 90% of residents of Machynlleth are totally in favour of the Tesco application. In fact the sooner it’s built the better. There has only been one meaningful vote in respect of the application and the overwhelming majority of residents were in favour.

  10. Posted 21/08/2009 at 17:41 | Permalink

    I am a native of Machynlleth and I can assure everyone that 90% of residents of Machynlleth are totally in favour of the Tesco application. In fact the sooner it’s built the better. There has only been one meaningful vote in respect of the application and the overwhelming majority of residents were in favour.

  11. Posted 21/08/2009 at 19:20 | Permalink

    Just wondering why my above post was edited so brutally!!!!

  12. Posted 21/08/2009 at 19:20 | Permalink

    Just wondering why my above post was edited so brutally!!!!

  13. Posted 21/08/2009 at 19:22 | Permalink

    I would urge everyone to read Gareth’s letter in the County Times which gives an honest and accurate picture of the situation regarding the Tesco application.

  14. Posted 21/08/2009 at 19:22 | Permalink

    I would urge everyone to read Gareth’s letter in the County Times which gives an honest and accurate picture of the situation regarding the Tesco application.

  15. Posted 21/08/2009 at 23:00 | Permalink

    C. Vaughan – For legal reasons, we have to be very careful about publishing statements about individuals on the blog – thus the first part of your first comment could not be published.

  16. Posted 21/08/2009 at 23:00 | Permalink

    C. Vaughan – For legal reasons, we have to be very careful about publishing statements about individuals on the blog – thus the first part of your first comment could not be published.

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