Credit crunch Britain and Lidl
I've just seen credit crunch Britain in action.
You know that we are all tightening our collective belts when half a dozen residents turn up at a Liverpool planning meeting to speak up in support for a Lidl supermarket.
"The cost of living is going up and Lidl gives you more choice and much better prices," said one.
Usually residents and businesses make the journey to Liverpool town hall to object to plans, but seldom to speak in favour.
In the end the plan for Speke Hall Road, south Liverpool was turned down by planners because it would have broken policies on building outside district centres.