On why he roused the locals to oppose a supermarket:
The reason my own hackles rose so is because I grew up in Sussex, and since the end of the war I’ve seen market towns south of London being subsumed, devastated by commercialism. It began with Crawley, which was a market town, then Horsham, which was so completely ruined it’s now like some terrible place in Minneapolis. Keep going south to Burgess Hill and Hassocks and you’ve got a chain reaction of creeping commercialism.
The idea that \”market town\” is the very definition of \”commercialism\” seems to have escaped him.
But look what he\’s done. He\’s stopped the march of the supermarkets: thereby insisting that the folks in his town don\’t have the choice of where to spend their money. And all so that some third generation luvvie doesn\’t have to view terrible commercialism like they have in Minneapolis.