On Potlatch Britain's Brezhnev-style capitalism My bold, yes why the loathing of traditional British free market capitalism at it's messy business? You could just call it the same march of modernity that tore up the branch lines, bulldozed terraces and built tower blocks or shutdown mines and went to gas. It's also about what sort of country do you want? A nation of grumpy small shopkeepers, a bit dusky perhaps but very much how not so merry olde England once was, or the lumbering blandness of Tesco, Aldi and Lidl. Adam Smith might well have more affinity for the former and might compare the latter to the great state assisted merchant companies he abominated. And this applies to much of the economy where the perks go to existing large actors while smaller companies trying to struggle up the ladder get their fingers stamped on. An ideologically one party state, whether led by Dave or an Ed with its favored corporate fellow travelers. We all know who tomorrow belongs to, it a shared assumption not confined to the political elite. It's plain to see who lobbies for and receives competitive advantage and who a population too lazy to walk from shop to shop favors. So the consumer society waddles towards increasing conformity clutching to its heart a Three-For-One pack of own brand horse lasagne. And that is really the shrunken lonely soul of the place. There is something of the late Soviet era here, lots more bright and shiny baubles and far less queueing.