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"....or in some contrivance to raise prices"

The EU's Left, both traditional and tree-hugging varieties, has banded together in an attempt to raise the price of consumer goods:

"Put forward by Caroline Lucas (Greens/EFA, UK), Gyula Hegyi (PES, HU), Bernard Wojciechowski(IND/DEM, PL), Harlem Desir (PES, FR)and Hélène Flautre(Greens/EFA, FR), the written declaration calls upon the European Commission's DG Competition to investigate the impacts that concentration of the EU supermarket sector is having on small businesses, suppliers, workers and consumers and, in particular, to assess any abuses of buying power which may follow from such concentration".

And how much experience at the sharp end do these people have?

Lucas - Wonk for sundry modish causes.
Hegyi
- Journalist
Wojciechowski - Teacher and former secret police informer
Desir - Wonk
Flautre - Maths teacher

So, no experience in retail, obviously. Let alone farming. Fortunately the Commissar for Competition is one of the more sensible ones - Neelie Kroes. Perhaps she will take the opportunity to tell them to stop wasting other people's time and money.

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