Thursday, 16 June 2011

Tesco’s Profit Fall signals the Beginning of the End of Globalisation

The Globalised Utopia

The Globalised Utopia envisaged by ‘Progressives’ requires the integration of the world through trade as encourage by new technologies.  Thanks to the powerful universal solvent of computerisation and the internet, we will all become so interdependent through the mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services and so deracinated through the free flow of Capital and Labour, that all the apparent differences of race, culture and religion will disappear.  The people of the world will live in harmony forever in a state of total  sameness. This dream is of Utopia for some. For the more realistic it is not so much a vision as a nightmare of never ending, inescapable tedium and cultural atrophy.

The Reality of Tesco

Well, so much for this essentially Marxoid theory.  What is the reality? For the Utopian Globalisers there was a chilling foretaste of a far more likely future in the news this week from Tesco’s that like-for-like sales over its first quarter fell by 0.1% excluding VAT and petrol.

The Daily Telegraph (14th June) reported a Tesco spokesman as explaining these results thusly: ‘High fuel costs continue to mean that customers have to direct some of their spending to petrol at the expense of their normal shopping and this remains a drag on both industry and our own like-for-like growth’.
According to Laurie McIlwee, Tesco’s finance director, 70% of the company’s customers say that the high price of petrol is their biggest concern. Of these 30% are trying to cut down on car usage.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold:  Out -of - Town Mega Markets and Shopping Malls

The Daily Mail (14th June) reported that, ‘Tesco said that spiralling cost of fuel was changing the way consumers shopped with many making more frequent trips to smaller city centre stores rather than using the car for one weekly shopping trip’.

Significantly, one line which saw increased sales was bicycles. Sales of these rose by 15%  as ’customers looked for cheaper ways of getting about.’

Fuel Costs and a Change in the Way we Live

We can see  that escalating fuel prices are rapidly  changing people’s way of living.  Shopping Malls and supermarkets depend on the motor car. The huge car parks with which they are invariably surrounded underline this fact. And it is not just the supermarkets but what’s in them that depends on oil. High –value produce such as flowers from Kenya  depend on cheap air transport  but as has often been pointed out, everything else depends on some form of oil-fuelled transport . And oil –based  fertilisers and  pesticides are of course essential in the production of  just about all the food most people eat.

The Long-Term Implications

Oil prices in the international markets are subject to a great deal of  manipulation. But the long-term term trend is clear –  a rapid move upwards. The impact of exorbitantly high transport costs signals the end of the ’era of mobility.’ This is already dealing a death blow not just to the way of shopping we have come to take for granted in recent decades but to the current urban landscapes and expansive ways of living based on personal motor vehicle ownership and cheap fuel. We are already witnessing the beginnings of a retreat into much more compact, almost pre-industrial communities where everything will have to be within easy reach, quite possibly on foot or by bicycle.

Nuclear Power the Answer?

Nuclear power is thought of as the solution to the oil conundrum. But most of our needs are for things that electricity can’t do very well, if at all. For example, you can’t fly aeroplanes on electricity or make the fertilisers and pesticides we currently make out of hydrocarbons with it. Nor can electricity replace the diesel-powered industrial scale farming we currently enjoy. In any case, many of the items used in nuclear power – and the goods that use electricity such as computers and other electrical goods, including batteries, depend heavily on oil – based components in their production.

Local and  Global

This already –occurring shrinkage of people’s personal horizons will be projected globally. As international trade and travel atrophy, so too will the drive to One World by the Globalising Visionaries and International Big Business. Thanks to rising oil and food prices the world of the future and we in particular will be lot poorer than has been hoped. And instead of a global village we will have a world of villages.

It’s an ill wind…


Anonymous said...

Everything within easy

More small business and thus a greater number of livelihoods (bakers, green-grocers, fish-mongers etc.)

More control over what we eat.

Cheaper products - small local stores sell goods and services for less than large stores.

It all sounds good!

-- aac

yorkshirebob said...

Yeah, but who will the shopowners be? I,ll give you one guess.

Anonymous said...

I think that perhaps one reason for Tesco's reduced profits might be Asda targetting and undercutting them. As Asda = American multinational Walmart, arguably a worse globalist company than Tesco, perhaps we shouldn't be celebrating Tesco's woes too enthusiastically. We might well be going from the proverbial frying pan into the fire.

pi31416 said...

Maid of Albion,

I am optimistic. In less than ten years we will have bioengineered bacteria that feed on household garbage and excrete oil.

Weeeeell... when I say "we"... that's the Japanese or the Koreans. "We" poor we, will have been too busy promoting affirmative action or the Devil knows what other stupidities.

Anonymous said...

@pi on. Imagine where would be if we'd concentrated on real rather than social engineering the 50+ years. All part of the plan and which group have been behind it?

Christopher said...

"Nitrogen fertilizers can of course be made with coal or a nuclear power plant. Fritz Haber." Gregory Cochran, phycisist.