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I think this opposition to the Co-op is snobbism

06 September, 2018

• I TRIED to understand why some Belsize Park residents oppose the new Co-op shop in the village, (‘Save our village’ pleas over Co-Op’s supermarket plan for Belsize Park, August 23).

I explained on Saturday to the lady at the stand that providing residents with more choice and lower prices was good for them. It would especially benefit the poor, as the less privileged among us spend a higher proportion of their income on food.

To that she replied: “We do not have poor people around here.” How ignorant can one be to one’s own neighbours?

Can’t she see and feel the plight of decent, honest, hardworking people for whom quantitative easing did nothing? Or is it something like “if they can’t buy at Budgens let them shop in Harrods”?

The answer is clear to me now: sheer snobbism with a slither of élitism and no care for the other.

JOSEPH ZARFATY
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