Details of the plans for the Sainsbury's store proposed for Ashton Gate have emerged for the first time.
The new store, which would be the chain's biggest in the south west with a floorspace of about 96,800sq ft (9,000sq m), is bigger than the one originally planned by Tesco at Bristol City FC's current ground – but less in size than the combined shop space of two stores in the area.
So presumably the people who were against a Tesco opening up there for reasons of congestion and damage to local shops will be against a Sainsburys as well? Well no, it turns out it's not quite simple.
Some people are maintaining a credible stance, such as Charlie Bolton, who states
"I am likely to oppose it. I think the proposed size will mean the same problems as if it had been a Tesco store."
Exactly. But then Labour councillor Sean Beynon states
"When the Tesco plan was suggested, most people were opposed to it because they didn't want to see another supermarket in the area.
"In my view, therefore, this is potentially a good solution for the club and the community."
Which is typical of the kind of hypocrisy that many BERATE supporters were showing. They were totally against a Tesco opening, but not a Sainsburys, but they didn't have the bollocks to admit to being so snobby and to reveal their true anti-globalist colours, so instead they dressed it up to be a protest against a supermarket, when in fact it seems it was a protest against Tesco all along.
Of course, they'll try and gloss over this fact by stating that it's a replacement store rather than a new one but this is frankly irrelevant as Charlie correctly points out above, as it will still bring exactly the same problems (congestion, "damage" to local shops) as they claimed a Tesco would, replacement store or not.
Just admit it, BERATE supporters, you will never form a BERASE because it's not a supermarket you're against, it's a Tesco.
You fucking anti-capitalist snobs.