Monday, 26 August 2013


In Canada, an activist, now in an American prison, called Marc Emery, is credited with ending the prohibition on Sunday trading in Ontario.

Regardless, during the 80's, the UK underwent a similar, if more official and more integrated removal of trade restraints, with the end of 'half-day early closing' and the ban on Sunday trading.

Essentially, people could live 7 days a week instead of 5 and a half, and not get caught out when milk, or tea, or food ran short.

Also the mass of people who work now had a full weekend to sort their purchasing out.

In Canada, this revolution was started by small businesses; however, I found something interesting in a major British city today.

Today is a bank holiday, another of those days when the banks are shut to the public(as they are most of the time, meaning that people who wish to visit must either go to a Saturday opening branch or take time off from work).

I was hunting trousers, Austin Reed trousers.
When I got into the city, all the small businesses were shut and deserted.
But not Austin Reed.
And there is the contrast with Canada.

In the UK, liberalisation was led by big business. In Canada by small.

And that is what happens when a coherent, top-down political change takes effect, rather than a strangled, victimised protest movement.

I guess that in Canada, the 'workers' have so many protections and guarantees from their wonderful, hand-in-hand benefactors in big business, the unions and the government, that once they get a job, they could be too precious to actually have to do anything.

I could be wrong.

Only one way to find out.

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