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Gestures rather than principles on display at the Co-op | Nils Pratley

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Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons and Aldi also traded strongly during the crisis, yet they coughed up “Principles [are] more valuable than profits,” says the headline on the Co-op Group’s description of its values, but the co-operators forget to mention the small print. The boast, it seems, does not apply to the principle that food retailers should pay business rates when their stores are open and trading strongly. In the absence of an asterisk, Allan Leighton, the chairman, attempted an
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