This shocking new law will mean the Tory government can dictate where people shop
A new law being introduced by the Tories will mean they can dictate where people can and can’t shop.
Recently, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson decided he would no longer shop at Walmart-owned Asda, following the supermarket’s decision to remove foodbank donation points from UK stores. He called for the boycott of the company.
However, this Labour mayor’s ethical decision will soon be made illegal by the Tories, along with any other public authority that wishes to act morally. This is because the Government plan to outlaw local councils, public bodies and even student unions from boycotting ‘unethical’ companies.
Boycotts enable consumers to:
1. Not be complicit in the practices of unethical corporations through supporting them financially.
2. Large scale boycotts can stop corporations engaging in unethical practices altogether.
Profit-seeking companies are not very receptive to anything that doesn’t impact their turnover. A systematic boycott from consumers, damaging their profits, will speak volumes to them, while reasoned debate will not.
Boycotts have been very successful in preventing corporations from profiteering and helping maintain the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. To illustrate, Belgium pension fund PGGM announced it would divest from 5 Israeli banks, SodaStream – a company with facilities in the West Bank – had to close its flagship store, and Agrexco, Israel’s former largest agricultural company, entered liquidation in 2011.
To understand why someone would want to boycott these corporations, here are a few facts about the occupation:
-The Israeli authorities have maintained their air, land and sea blockade of Gaza, effectively imposing collective punishment on all 1.8m inhabitants.
-Israeli authorities control Palestinian imports and exports.
-They are building illegal Jewish-only settlements in Palestinian territories.
-In 2014, over 2,300 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. Just 39 Israelis were killed.
-Palestinian children are routinely tortured and killed in Israeli prisons.
Boycotts are an effective democratic tool, which is why the Conservatives want to ban them. According to Channel 4, around 80% of Conservative MPs are members of ‘Conservative Friends of Israel’ (CFI). Hence, the UK government is complicit in the same atrocities that the companies are. Peter Oborne has called CFI