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Comment Presumption should be it's a public space (Score 1) 544

The UK government's human rights committee discussed the ownership of shopping centres in the context of legal protest.

I do not think actually the proper distinction is whether this was formerly publicly owned and now become private or not, I think the distinction to be made is whether this is perceived as community space.

Comment Re:Well, if anyone can do it... (Score 1) 176

No the problem's not delivery, that's well understood. The problems's relationships with suppliers, which for groceries is essentially farmers. In the UK, as several people have mentioned, all the big supermarkets do home delivery. And they all have close supplier relationships. To keep prices down they prefer to deal directly. See for example http://www.tescofarming.com/ There might be space for another one, but the competition's fierce - here's a selection of major chains which already have fully debugged delivery chains: http://www.tesco.com/groceries http://groceries.asda.com/ http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries http://www.ocado.com/webshop (Note that Asda is owned by WalMart and that WalMart and Tesco are the first and second most profitable retailers in the *world* measured by profits.)

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