There has been a bit of discussion about Countdown hurting wholesalers to get prices down, flexing their muscle shall we say (here and here). The Commerce Commission is concerned about this and is investigating.
Via Twitter I noticed that the concerns about supermarkets being bullies has led to an increasing desire to do something about supermarkets in general in our papers.
— Ali Ikram (@AliIkram) February 20, 2014
Now having a government run supermarket enter and then arbitrarily mess around with the price and availability of goods and services “for our own good” makes me throw up in my mouth a little – honestly the anti-obesity rhetoric thrown in the piece is beside the point, and shows how a desire to “do something” can be taken too far. Note: A lot of the suggested policies such as “removing GST” or “adding vouchers” exist without randomly owning a supermarket, the point should be actually asking if they are a good idea in the first place – a point that seems to escape our columnist, unless she believes the analysis is well covered off by merely going ‘obesity is bad man’.
But there is a broader point here. Read more