I do wonder who writes the international news where you live or are you stuck (struggling with) to reading the Guardian online?
Yes, I have a retired colleague who was paid by a local authority to find out which pupils lived outside catchment areas and not inside it with granny/aunts etc.
Or are you disputing the Tesco/Sainsbury's , etc etc, ability to undercut the local grocer? They had certainly thinned out the corner shops before I left blighty.
I am approaching the point where I may consider the local shaman's casting of old bones to be more credible than the Thunderer, et al