I've written before about supermarkets and their all-pervasive power. The high-street smothering might of Tesco et al is, in case you were wondering, a bad thing.
Take a look at my adopted home town.
In an area of about seven miles square there are fifteen Tesco outlets. Fifteen! And that's not counting the One Stop shops which are, I believe, owned by Tesco too. There are nine of those in the same area, and a further three just outside.
Fifteen stores and nine affiliates in this tiny area. Too much, isn't it?
On the plus side, I was heartened to read that the residents of Herne, in my old stamping ground, seem to have fought off the Evil Empire. Be careful though, campaigners - as Sheringham proves, Tesco rarely gives up.
If the dominance of one retailer worries you, take a look at Tescopoly. You might think there's very little you can do, but every little helps, right?>