Tony’s former spinner Tim Allan now spins for ASDA which doubles the emnity of Labour backbenchers. It was, in these circumstances, amusing for a co-conspirator to hear Hugh Bayley MP on a jolly junket to Arkansas, opining that concern in the U.S. and Europe about losing jobs overseas sometimes overlooked the creation of jobs from globalisation. “You can’t wish away globalisation, you have to find ways to turn it to your advantage,” Bayley said during a meeting with companies that sell products to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., “If Wal-Mart is an example, it is one of creating jobs,” Bayley said. Yes Hugh, but will the comrades understand?
Lefties are really getting stuck into union-free ASDA and we even have the prospect of a strike. Why? Well obviously it is union-free, it is part of Wal-Mart, the gigantic U.S. supermarket chain that takes $1 in every $12 spent by American consumers. It has a turnover bigger than some European countries’ economies. It is a potent and successful symbol of globalisation, cheap Chinese goods filling the shelves.
David Cameron got a lot of stick from anti-globalisation / anti-capitalist campaigners and trade unions for saying last week that low cost ASDA goods were effectively an anti-poverty strategy for low income families. (Baby Fawkes’ clothes all seem to be made in China, which is great, except Peter Mandelson keeps putting protectionist tariffs on anything you want to buy from China).