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Your views Last issue we looked at internships. This issue we’re keen to hear your views on the rise and rise of supermarkets.



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I am currently on an unpaid, publishing internship in London. Although I believe entry-level work experience is brilliant and one of the best ways to learn, the lines between what we can and can’t experience are blurred. I can’t do anything that constitutes paid work which makes it difficult to get the full experience. Luckily my agency pay for my travel, but well over a grand’s worth of expenses has come out of my own pocket. This makes it more difficult for the talented but less well-off people to get noticed. Being paid would not only widen our range of experience but help those who aren’t as well-off. Alice Morgan I enjoyed reading [SL issue 2] and absolutely agree that unpaid internships give an unfair advantage to young people able to afford the experience, rather than those who might be best suited to, or indeed best assisted by the opportunity. However, there are other ways to start a career in politics. Political activism, energy and idealism can be as valuable as internships. Councillor Alison Walters


ith three new supermarkets being planned for Solihull, Claire Hargreaves weighs the pros and cons of supermarkets and asks whether we can afford to shop anywhere else?

Trade, in the English dictionary, is defined as ‘buying, selling, or exchanging of goods’. This simple process that may have been the kickstart of human civilisation, has since evolved to such a complexity that in 1916 the first self-service grocery

Retail stats The British Retail Consortium estimates that:

12 per cent of high street shops are vacant Over the past year there’s been a:

3.2 per cent drop in the number of people visiting shops in the East Midlands.

6.6 per cent drop in the number of people visiting shops in the West Midlands.

store was opened. Clarence Saunders, an American entrepreneur developed Piggly Wiggly, an early form of the supermarket which grew to become a familiar franchise in the USA. In its time Piggly Wiggly was a novelty. It had opens shelves and no staff to shop for the customer. But for us in the 21st Century, popular opinion on the supermarket is divided. Are we still appreciating the supermarket’s ability to create convenience (as well as jobs) on a mass level, or are we despairing because of the way it has drawn us away from our charming greengrocers and butchers? On the one hand, it is hard to ignore the fact that most of the country’s population use the supermarket. It may be daily, weekly, or even just annually, but we nearly all do and it’d be tough to find a person who doesn’t. It seems like we just can’t resist the supermarket’s permanent offering of ‘deals’, its convenient choice of brands, and its ability to supply your whole week’s shopping within a single trip. But maybe we are not all so easily seduced our local convenience store. Produce is a very debatable issue and many would agree that the best and freshest produce is only available at

SL Magazine Issue 3  

As the dust begins to settle from the August riots, issue 3 of SL Magazine brings together the reactions of young people in Birmingham, and...