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M&S is closing 100 stores across the country

It's becoming a familiar tale: online shopping, business, rates, staff costs = death of the high street

It's almost becoming one of those stories you could copy-paste and re-write time and time again (though we obvs wouldn't do that) – the rise of online shopping, business rates, and staff costs mean [insert store here] is closing [x branches] by [x year].

What it means: There's an undeniable trend hitting all the main stores we're used to seeing on the high street, and now it's M&S's turn. The store is closing a third of its home and clothing branches across the country by 2022.

It's pretty scary news for the 872 employees working there – they'll be offered a transfer to other sites before being made redundant, but even that would mean relocating from their homes. Their union accused the store of 'salami slicing' their comms on the whole thing – they'd said a few years ago they'd close 30 stores, then 60, and now it's 100.

We spoke to campaigners across the UK about what's going on with our high streets and why we should save them here – have a read.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?