From Smith, in the Herald today:
Here we go again. From 6pm on Friday in large parts of Scotland, non-essential shops – or should I say “so-called non-essential shops” – will be forced to shut and stay shut for three weeks. It means thousands of retailers will be closed at a time when they usually make most of their money. Some of them will not reopen, that’s the bottom line. It’s a disaster: cultural, economic and personal. I’m talking here about businesses like Viola Vintage, a beautiful antique and curio shop on Paisley Road West in Glasgow. The shop specialises in vintage objects as well as gifts such as candles, frames and the like, and it’s one of the many small firms that have been moving into the area. I spoke to Susan, the owner, not long after the lockdown was announced, and her reaction was simple. She’s gutted, but she also believes the restrictions are unfair. For years now, there’s been a David and Goliath struggle on the high street, and for some reason the Scottish Government has backed Goliath.
Is your jaw dropping? Antiques and curios? Really?
What’s this got to do with David and Goliath?
I suppose a sling might be essential in some circumstances.
I’m probably wasting your time and mine here, but aren’t the big supermarkets staying open because we really need some of the stuff they sell and because they can ensure social distancing?
Just how wide are the corridors in Viola Vintage? Do they sell snacks as a side?
Why did I start this?
Why is Mark Smith trying to undermine health policy aimed at saving lives of the very people typically found in antique shops?
Why does he like antique shops?
Does he have a sister called Viola?
Why is Mark Smith?