Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts


7:28 pm - October 24th 2010

by Kate Belgrave    


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Last week, 35 deluded business leaders wrote to the Telegraph to praise George Osborne’s vicious spending review.

I’m joining those who have decide to boycott every single company that those business leaders represent.

There are two reasons for this:

1) The first is that leaders on the list take us for suckers – a trait I rarely care for in people I spend my money with.

They wrote:

There is no reason to think that the pace of consolidation envisaged in the Budget will undermine the recovery. The private sector should be more than capable of generating additional jobs to replace those lost in the public sector, and the redeployment of people to more productive activities will improve economic performance, so generating more employment opportunities.

The letter authors decided the advantages of signing the letter meant more than being straight with their customer base.

They weren’t straight with their customers at all. Liberal Conspiracy was leaked a private email that clearly demonstrated that people on the list had no confidence whatsoever in the nation’s ‘improved economic performance’ or the ‘generation of more employment opportunities’ of which their Telegraph letter spoke. 

Osama Saeed had the names of those who, when not flying pro-cuts and pro-government flags, were laying thousands of people off and/or telling grim tales about the realities of lie of the fiscal land.

It also seemed that many of the 35 had reasons for cheerleading Osborne’s mad plans – reasons that spoke of vested, rather than national, interests. Arup has just been awarded a major rail contract by the government.

Another outstanding piece of Liberal Conspiracy work told us that BT’s government contracts had just been renewed and deals done on government contracts with Microsoft and AVEVA.

2) I do my best to spend my money with ethical businesses.

Companies that support the CSR are failed corporate citizens. They back an ideological programme of cuts that will throw thousands out of work and onto the mercy of a welfare system that itself will barely exist. In private, they have no suggestions for growth. In public, they’re collaborators who run a strong second line in denial.

I would no more spend my money with them than I would with companies that beat t-shirts out of child workers in Bangladesh.

I am a consumer. I have money to spend. I will no longer do business with the retailers who appeared on that list. Fair trade begins at home.

I’ve listed the retailers (used) below. The full list is here.

On my site, I’ve put Vodafone in a special mentions category. They weren’t signatories to the Telegraph letter, but I’m guessing Osborne takes their support as written. No matter. I’ll never darken their door again.

Next
ASDA
Microsoft UK
Mothercare
Carphone Warehouse Group, TalkTalk Telecom Group
Alliance Boots
Marks & Spencer
Ocado

h-t to @johnbrissenden and @dawnhfoster who first suggested the idea on twitter.
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About the author
Kate Belgrave is a regular contributor to Liberal Conspiracy. She is a New Zealander who moved to the UK eight years ago. She was a columnist and journalist at the New Zealand Herald and is now a web editor. She writes on issues like public sector cuts, workplace disputes and related topics. She is also interested in abortion rights, and finding fault with religion. Also at: Hangbitching.com and @hangbitch
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Boycotting Microsoft? Are you currently a linux user, or will you be installing that in the coming weeks?

Liberal Conspiracy was leaked a private email that clearly demonstrated that people on the list had no confidence whatsoever in the nation’s ‘improved economic performance’

Which “people”? The post you link to names just one.

And the “leaked e-mail” covers one company’s sector, not “the nation”. Furthermore, it describes the present, while the letter to the Telegraph is about the future.

Very weak.

Mark – we don’t use Microsoft in our house. We’ve been using since the 1990s. Ubuntu on the desktop, with openoffice for writer and spreadsheets.

That boycott took place years ago. Microsoft is garbage.

…meant to say we’ve been using Linux since the 1990s.

5. Martin Garibaldi

Did you miss one? Isn’t the Kingfisher group named as a signatory the owner of B&Q? Or is that a different Kingfisher?

In principle I would support this, but to have any effect you need to extend the boycott beyond the usual suspects.

So I’d say it makes more sense to pick one of the companies concerned. One with a high profile that has obviously supported the cuts more than the others, but also one in a competitive market and with a rival that hasn’t been supportive of the cuts. This way you give people an alternative and leave them with something easy to remember.

This is why the corporate whores (sorry, supreme court) in the USA has just ruled that corporations can campaign without having to name themselves. They are running political adds all across the US but they don’t have to identify who they are. They are spending 9-1 in Republicans favour on attack ads.

They hide behind bullshit apple pie names like ‘we love babies ‘ or some such horse shit. This way they can’t be held accountable for their views. It is a very disturbing development and no doubt the logic of it will come across the pond.. Remember this the next time the tory trolls are lecturing on the role of the unions in the Labour party.

Check how many products GlaxoSmithKline are responsible for. Your dental wellbeing might suffer a little.

Pity. The company I once worked for boycotted business in Africa during apartheid. Thereby putting African workers out of work. Not smart.

Hilarious!

11. Gaf the Horse

It’s very sad to see Ocado on the list. You would have hoped that their links with the John Lewis group might have made them a little more socially aware, but I guess that might be a bit much to ask of a company that was founded by three merchant bankers from Goldman Sachs. Another good reason to stop using them and use Waitrose Deliver instead, (in combination with our local organic fame shop obviously).

As for the rest of the list, I hate Microsoft, (and not just because I work for one of their main competitors, and I’m installing Ubuntu on my works laptop at the moment, hoping to convince Mrs. Gaf the Horse that I can do the same for the home PC very soon), and every time I set foot in our local Asda, which is as little as possible, I feel dirty, like I’m doing something wrong. I need to get a new broadband connection for work soon, so this is yet another reason to avoid Talk Talk like the plague, (as if their appalling customer service wasn’t enough). The kids are too old for Mothercare so that seasily avoided. Might struggle a bit with M&S though. Their pants and socks are thebest after all :-)

BT Group: sells directly to consumers
Inmarsat: ditto
Reed Elsevier: ditto
ASOS: ditto
Diageo: ditto
Harvey Nichols: ditto
Whitbread: ditto
Sage: sells directly to small businesses

There are a few other businesses in the list of 35 signatories that I do not recognise either (number of signatories =/= number of businesses). I would suggest that greater research is required.

Planeshift suggests picking on one company for a boycott. I think boycotting is a daft idea (it makes people feel good, but does not change the world), but if I had to pick a target it would be ASOS. ASOS sells clothes to trendy young people who might be vulnerable to a boycott argument. ASOS is essentially a web business so protestors can boycott it wherever they live.

I would no more spend my money with them than I would with companies that beat t-shirts out of child workers in Bangladesh.

Noble sentiment, Kate.

Let the Bangladeshi kids starve. Your principles are more important.

Arup has just been awarded a major rail contract by the government.

Another outstanding piece of Liberal Conspiracy work told us that BT’s government contracts had just been renewed and deals done on government contracts with Microsoft and AVEVA.

Perhaps Arup, BT, Microsoft and AVEVA should have refused the work. More people would become unemployed but that would show teh evil tory brownshirt CIA plants

Oh do give over, you odious, smug so and so. To say that companies who back the CSR are “Failed corporate citizens” is one of the most sanctimonious self-righteous pieces of toss I’ve read on this site, and that’s saying something.

On the same basis I’ll boycott any company that donated to the Labour Party, which spent times of plenty being happy with 1.5 million unemployed, ran up deficits in the boom – counter to the Keynes who suddenly has become the economics 101 – so the money could be spent keeping an underclass quiescent and in their place rather than investing in jobs, then creating the enormous debt that necessitates the retrenchment put in place by a sober-headed Government instead of the la-la land Ballsonomics of double helpings of free jam for everyone today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

For anyone whjo wants to boycott Microsoft there is a FREE operating system which is much better than Windows available at;

http://www.ubuntu.com/

and an office suite at least as good as MS Office available FREE here;

http://www.openoffice.org/

@ Kate

Very good. I’ve tried going Linux but I just find I have so much that I do that I can’t do in Linux that it isn’t worth it.

Mind I can’t very well boycott Microsoft because that’d also mean getting a PS3 as well :)

Pity. The company I once worked for boycotted business in Africa during apartheid. Thereby putting African workers out of work. Not smart.

You’re right – that whole boycott movement against South Africa completely didn’t work.

What we have here are businesses taking political sides, and for that they’re legitimate targets.

In the US when Target donated some money to the Republicans it faced big boycotts from the left and it promptly apologised
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20011983-503544.html

Check how many products GlaxoSmithKline are responsible for. Your dental wellbeing might suffer a little.

Plenty of other companies produce dental products… especially supermarket own brands.

“What we have here are businesses taking political sides”

Hang on a minute. From the letter in the Telegraph:

“So, each writing in our personal capacity, we would encourage George Osborne and the Government to press ahead with his plans to reduce the deficit”

So here we have individuals taking political sides. I hardly see how this is a terrible thing for them to do, and I wonder if you would be criticising them quite so readily if their position didn’t differ from your own?

The ironic thing is that for some of their businesses, government spending cuts are a bad thing, as they’re losing the government as a customer. You’re surely aware of this, as this site highlighted Arup – one of the businesses that one of the signatories of the letter happens to work for – a couple of days ago.

The ironic thing is that for some of their businesses, government spending cuts are a bad thing

It’s not ironic at all – most of them will also benefit from close relationships with the govt, from contracts and maybe even peerages.

By signing that letter they’ve brought their businesses into it.

It must be hell, surely, having to peer at the small print on the back of every packet of toothpaste in the shops, or standing in the aisles frantically looking up the parent company of that packet of Skittles? I bet you have to get up for your supermarket trips at 5:30 am.

I’d like to boycott public sector waste. Unfortunately I don’t get a choice.

Sunny @19: now think about who manufactures the supermarket own brands: Tesco don’t have their own toothpaste factory. You can switch to Macleans though, unless you’re boycotting Unilever over palm oil…

Also, [ranty digression]
OpenOffice is *not* as good as MS Office.

I’ve tried to switch to OO with each major release – and always end up coming back to Excel and Word, because the functionality of the OpenOffice spreadsheet and word processor is, unequivocally and in almost all areas, inferior.

If all you’re doing is adding up a few rows of figures and writing angry letters to the papers, OO is just about tolerable. If you want to do anything at all complicated, it isn’t.

As a result (especially as MS Office for Mac is also not up to Office for Windows standards, although still more useable than the utter abortion that is OO for Mac), anyone who wants to do anything serious with spreadsheets or large documents basically needs Windows.

Ubuntu is no worse than Windows if you’re just running a netbook and have no need for office software beyond “add up rows, write letters”, though. And Windows has long been superseded at server level.
[/ranty digression]

‘Oh do give over, you odious, smug so and so. To say that companies who back the CSR are “Failed corporate citizens” is one of the most sanctimonious self-righteous pieces of toss I’ve read on this site, and that’s saying something.’

Ermm, if you think this site is so sanctumonious and self-righteous, why do you keep coming back here? Are you just bored, or are you just trolling?

@Mark…well PS3 is far superior though, so I guess I am half-way to boycotting Microsoft, but then I do like playing games on the PC as well.

I’m already boycotting Sainsburys and Marks and Spencers after their pre election support for the Tory policies.

If you and your family and friends do boycott, don’t for get to email or write to them telling them why you are and how much your yearly spend with them would have been.

Unions need to be inventive.
They should organise a public sector worker complete boycott of these companies for a week.

That would highlight how much money from tax payer funded jobs is fed back into the private sector and how damaging its withdrawal by choice or redundancy will be.

Also important to support small businesses while boycotting the above named.

The Confederation of Small Businesses said the opposite of the 35 big business leaders last week and warned early, deep cuts could see the closing of 50-60% of small businesses.

Are names of their members available ?

28. Chaise Guevara

@ Kate

I sympathise with you here, but don’t you think you’re being a little heavy-handed? Those companies that can be proved to be lying through their teeth, they deserve to be boycotted for attempting to deceive the public, sure. But in the case of the other firms, aren’t you really just pressuring them to stop exercising their freedom of speech?

Hey, this is great – now I know where to shop.

Everything should be privatised so people can be free to boycott it.

“I am a consumer. I have money to spend. I will no longer do business with the retailers who appeared on that list.”

Excellent and I wish you all the very best.

No, really, this isn’t snark or anything, it’s a serious *applause, applause* for your stance.

It really is your money and you’ve an absolute right to spend it according to whatever increases your utility the most. If that’s done by switching your purchases for political or moral reasons, as I say, good luck to you and yes, you are indeed exercising your freedom and liberty in exactly the way you should be.

I may not agree with your reasons but what the hell’s that got to do with anything? As a good liberal (even of the classical kind) my duty is to respect and tolerate, even if not approve of, your choices.

The only thing I would ask in return though is that everyone else be, in the future, similarly liberal. If, for example, I decide that I want to shop at a supermarket rather than trapise through a more highly priced high street, that no one hijack the planning process to prevent me from being able to make that choice. If I decide to open a private club for smokers only, that no one hijack the law to prevent me from being able to do so.

You know, that everyone be liberal…..

How on earth do people propose to boycott BT Plc? No landline? No broadband?

Even if you’re with an LLU provider (say, Be), they’re still being given some of your money by that company. And you can hardly work out in advance if someone is on a BT line to avoid calling them, can you?

Tullow – how on earth does one avoid buying petrol that doesn’t have some Tullow-sourced crude in it? I’d love to know, they’re well worth boycotting for other reasons alone.

I often wish “fairtrade” petrol was something you could buy.

“Check how many products GlaxoSmithKline are responsible for. Your dental wellbeing might suffer a little.” No, it won’t. Most commercial toothpastes are a combination of chalk, soap (sodium lauryl sulphate), glycerine, flavourings, with a variety of additives many of which are questionable in their effects on a) you and b) the environment. Make your own, save money and sleep with a clear conscience by mixing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) with finely ground seasalt 4:1, and adding a few drops of peppermint oil. Store in a glass jar. You can also add a drop of myrrh oil to promote gum health. (NB It won’t foam up like commercial toothpaste because it doesn’t have SLS but it will get your teeth just as clean, if not cleaner).

32

Must I knit my own yoghurt pots and refine my own diesel fuel too….. :-p

If your car is diesel, just pop some vegetable oil in there. Job’s a good’un, unless everyone does it – then you’ll be responsible for mass starvation, of course.

People might find this of interest: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/

This is really amusing. For years on the internet conversations about free markets have gone like this (paraphrased):

Libertarian (L):”We need to end regulations on corporations”
Environmental Activist (EA): What a stupid idea; that means corporations will just dump toxic waste in the rainforest and build factories where the military junta will supply them with slave labour”
L: “No they won’t, the market will regulate their behaviour”
EA: “How exactly?”
L: ” well consumers will not approve of toxic waste dumping, so won’t want to do business with them.”
EA: “you mean a boycott?”
L: “yes, corporations trade entirely on reputation. This will prevent them doing things that customers don’t approve of”

Congratulations libertarians. You’ve just given a whole series of posts explaining why boycotts are inpractical, and undermined the central premise of your own ideology.

37. Chaise Guevara

Bloody good point there, Planeshift. Although I’m always stunned at the sheer number of naive libertarian lambs bleating about the levelling power of the market as if they’ve never heard the words “monopoly” or “disinformation”.

“Bloody good point there, Planeshift.”

Really? Up there at 30 I’m making precisely the opposite point. Now the EA is indeed exercising her consumer sovereignty just as the L would insist she should….

Yes Tim, but you weren’t arguing against boycotts – I wasn’t aiming the comment at you.

40. Flowerpower

OK, in return I’m going to boycott Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein (Sir Ronnie Cohen), Nottingham Forest FC (Nigel Doughty) and Tumi luggage (Doughty again).

Won’t be difficult.

You could always boycott halogen light bulbs. That would mean boycotting Tim Worstall, which I’m sure would tickle some of you…..

planeshift at #36 – haha! excellent point

Thanks for the list- I intend to shop at them now whenever I can.

There is a similar campaign happening at this dedicated blog. Posts on all 35 signatories and their business interests will be added between now and the xmas shopping season. http://boycottbigbusinesssociety.blogspot.com/

45. Chaise Guevara

@ 38

“Really? Up there at 30 I’m making precisely the opposite point. ”

Tim, I agree with the point you’re making up at 30. As long as you keep your swinging fist away from noses, of course. So build a supermarket if you want, but possible not a nightclub next to my house.

Frankly, I think a lot of people will protest against any planned development before they’ve even found out what it is.

I like supermarkets!

I have a Netto, a Morrisons, a Co-operative (ok, it’s a bit smaller than the others), a Sainsburys and now a Waitrose – all within easy walking distance.

Why do people hate them so?

Sunny @21:

You’re right, some of them might deal with the government and benefit from that. So if they were acting from an entirely self-interested point of view, shouldn’t they be opposing the cuts in government spending, for the cuts mean that these businesses might lose the government as a customer?

“By signing that letter they’ve brought their businesses into it.”

Sorry, this doesn’t make sense to me at all. Are the signatories of the letter not allowed a personal opinion, distinct from the organisations which they happen to work for? Chaise Guevara @28 is right, it does seem more like “t pressuring them to stop exercising their freedom of speech”.

I have to say, I didn’t consider the publication of the letter to be that significant an event. That there have been three posts about it on this site in recent days – each one more bizarre than the next – is pretty staggering.

If you’re boycotting them all then I hope you don’t have/develop any medical conditions that require treatment in the form of medication manufactured by GSK or it’s subsiduary companies any time soon then!

To be honest, whilst it’s a rather noble idea, this is one bandwaggon I’ll be steering clear of as my health is more important than boycotting companies so large that they’re unlikely to even notice that you’re doing it. Does that make me selfish? Probably, but I tend to think that I’m more likely to be able to make a positive difference in the world if I’m healthy rather than comatose from lack of thyroxine. *shrug*

49. Chaise Guevara

“Why do people hate them so?”

‘Cos it’s cool to, in a middle-aged, middle-class kind of way.

There are good reasons too, of course, but I do suspect that a lot of people who protest about these things are just kneejerking their way onto the bandwagon.

50. Flowerpower

Nick @ 31

I often wish “fairtrade” petrol was something you could buy.

Brilliant idea…. let’s do it!

Flower Power Petrol

Lovingly drilled from the earth. We sequester back as much carbon as we take! And the locals get /at least/ (more than everyone else) rand (or whatever) per hour.

Now available at all good Waitroses, priced at £2.50/litre

Well, *I’d* buy it… but nobody else would :(

“Congratulations libertarians. You’ve just given a whole series of posts explaining why boycotts are inpractical, and undermined the central premise of your own ideology.”

Boycotts are practical if enough people care about the issue enough. If, for example, these large companies were refusing to employ ethnic minorities they would be hit pretty hard pretty quickly.

Conversely, the proposed campaign to boycott them for supporting the Tories is unlikely to appeal to many people outside of the Loony Left. I don’t like Labour but I do not feel the need to boycott Sainsbury’s.

53. Chaise Guevara

@ 52

Ah yes, the ‘Loony Left’. Such a witty epithet, almost good enough for the Beano. Us loonies quiver before your maturity and verve, Richard.

Good lord – that touched a nerve. You libertarian boys have turned up in even bigger numbers here than you did on my story about my time as a professional cocksucker. Haven’t quite decided whether or not that’s an insult.

That aside – good points about the effectiveness/points/effects on employees of boycotts have been raised here, so I’m penning (typing?) another piece that discusses those issues and references other actions.

One thing’s for sure – the feedback, reads and reaction thus far suggests that there’s something in this. I wonder what it is.

“even bigger numbers here than you did on my story about my time as a professional cocksucker. ”

Actually, I did want to ask a question about this. But it was about a rather arcane part of the economics of it all so I wasn’t quite sure whether it was an appropriate question to ask after that very strong piece of writing about personal experience.

“Boycotts are practical if enough people care about the issue enough”

Practical only if large numbers (a) know about the issue (good luck with libel laws and corporate control of the media), (b) care enough to take action, and (c) the company concerned produce goods and services where rivals produce substitutes, and those rivals themselves are not indulging in behaviour that is disaproved of.

To use your example, if every oil company had a policy of not employing ethnic minorities then they’d get away with it. Oil is essential to our lives. If only one company does then a boycott could work. Of course we are assuming people would find out about the practice, but in the real world the first sign of any trouble and the oil company would unleash its massive budget on a PR campaign, and probably monitor the activist group extensively to find ways of shutting them down using libel laws.

57. Chaise Guevara

@ 56 Planeshift

You’re largely right, but there is one ray of light here. What you do is focus the boycott on one player, either the market leader or the firm with the worst track record on the issue you’re protesting about. Essentially you “pick on” this company, even though it means giving their competitors a short-term share boost. The company reacts to the pressure by changing its ways, then its competitors follow suit because they don’t want to be next.

“Ah yes, the ‘Loony Left’. Such a witty epithet, almost good enough for the Beano. Us loonies quiver before your maturity and verve, Richard.”

Well frankly it struck me as appropriate. It’s the self-righteous OTT tone of the article that made me think “loony”. Most people on the mainstream Left are not going to start boycotting major companies for shock, horror, supporting the Tories.

59. Chris Martin

I am joining you in this, and I have emailed the firms that I previously shopped with to let them know. Remember, it’s not really a boycott unless you tell them!

Are there any large companies that have come out against the cuts in any way? That we could support for this reason?

Unlikely, I would have thought, as companies tend to go for what will benefit the directors in the short term, and are hardly likely to be concerned with what is best for the country or society as a whole in the longer term.

And they are of course influenced by “think tanks” whose reason for existence is continually to try to persuade companies that these two aims are somehow identical.


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    RT @SJ_Consigliere: RT @libcon: Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/9p3VYn #libdems #tories #labour …

  37. James White

    RT @timdouglashr: http://bit.ly/c03pnC >> boycotting businesses who supported #ConDem cuts < I assume your Linux or Apple then Tim!

  38. Dr Shibley Rahman

    RT @davidwearing: Boycotting Osborne's corporate cheerleaders http://bit.ly/agMiu0 http://bit.ly/cpBbao @hangbitch Please RT

  39. CathElliott

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  40. Owen Blacker

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  41. Liz Ely

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  42. Hannah Nicklin

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  43. CJ Dorman

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  44. mark smith

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  45. Van Badham

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  46. alikichapple

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  47. Alex Collins

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  48. Shan Kilby

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  49. paul thomas

    RT @SJ_Consigliere: RT @libcon: Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/9p3VYn #libdems #tories #labour …

  50. david

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  51. Natacha Kennedy

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  52. Green Steve

    Great idea, spread the word. RT @libcon Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  53. Matt Jeffs

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  54. Jenny Eardley

    RT @davidwearing: Boycotting Osborne's corporate cheerleaders http://bit.ly/agMiu0 http://bit.ly/cpBbao @hangbitch Please RT

  55. sunny hundal

    Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  56. Richard Bradley

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  57. Carmen D'Cruz

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts: http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  58. iMac Hunt

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  59. Riddle like

    @ladysavage80 seen what your boss has put his name to? http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  60. Osama Saeed

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  61. Ma

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  62. ally

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  63. manishta sunnia

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  64. cowan88

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  65. Aarathi Prasad

    Ha! 'Fair trade begins at home' – Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/awFnxS (via @carmenego)

  66. Shannon Harvey

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  67. Googlyfish ZA

    http://www.googlyfish.co.za Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts … http://ow.ly/19CtiK

  68. kate

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  69. Karen

    RT @sunny_hundal: Boycott the 35 businesses supporting Osborne's cuts – says @hangbitch- http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  70. leninology

    "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy" ( http://bit.ly/aUnBzQ ) << One boycott I'll support.

  71. Kit Withnail

    RT @leninology: "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy" ( http://bit.ly/aUnBzQ ) << One b …

  72. Benjamin M. A'Lee

    "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts" http://ur1.ca/267d2 (via @libcon).

  73. Natalia

    RT @leninology: "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy" ( http://bit.ly/aUnBzQ ) << One b …

  74. Kay Wood

    RT @CathElliott: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qZVv5IN via @libcon

  75. John Sargent

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/KFVPaKJ via @libcon

  76. The Bickerstaffe Record » Blog Archive » Boycott the 35

    [...] incoherent cuts?  I’m joining the boycott of their businesses, announced today at the Liberal Conspiracy website, and encouraging others to do the [...]

  77. Boycott the 35 « Though Cowards Flinch

    [...] incoherent cuts?  I’m joining the boycott of their businesses, announced today at the Liberal Conspiracy website, and encouraging others to do the [...]

  78. Aditya Chakrabortty

    This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  79. jeevanvasagar

    tho catamite implies unwilling? @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  80. Paulo Querido

    RT @libcon: Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  81. Kate B

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch has a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites http://bit.ly/agMiu0 You rock, sir.

  82. sunny hundal

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  83. Jenni Alexander

    Really interesting blog http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/10/24/why-im-boycotting-the-35-businesses-who-support-the-cuts/

  84. MattFinnegan

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qH0FPX8 via @libcon

  85. Dr Shibley Rahman

    RT @mattfinished: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qH0FPX8 via @libcon

  86. Jenny Eardley

    RT @hangbitch: RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch has a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites http://bit.ly/agMiu0 You rock, sir.

  87. James Harrison

    its satisfying to know that my long term committment to the NHS means that redundancy will allow me to work in Boots http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  88. Emrys Schoemaker

    RT @chakrabortty deserves retweeting @hangbitch launching boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How & whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  89. Ian Fellows

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  90. cheesley

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  91. Diane

    RT @mattfinished: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qH0FPX8 via @libcon

  92. Russ Sauntry

    RT @mattfinished: Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/qH0FPX8 via @libcon

  93. Kuldeep Brar

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  94. Robin Luth

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  95. Laura Turney

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  96. Squirrel

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  97. ladyloki

    @Sn0wDances excellent piece by @hangbitch: http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/10/24/why-im-boycotting-the-35-businesses-who-support-the-cuts/

  98. nobby-Lobby

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  99. Michael Price

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  100. Staffordshire UNISON

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  101. John Wadsworth

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  102. MARIA AHMED

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/8SKD6qN via @libcon

  103. Kai Thomas

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  104. Pucci Dellanno

    RT @libcon: Why I'm boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts http://bit.ly/9p3VYn

  105. Clare Gould

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/IWBeQvD via @libcon

  106. Ruth Young

    RT @chakrabortty: This deserves retweeting: @hangbitch is launching a boycott of Osborne's 35 corporate catamites. How and whys here: http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  107. amonthofMAIL

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/kIIRwlt via @libcon

  108. Nelson

    RT @leninology: "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy" ( http://bit.ly/aUnBzQ ) << One b …

  109. The best people boycott – Hangbitch

    [...] stories), but things went better than that. Thousands of people turned up to read and rightwingers went into tailspin – two very good reasons to push [...]

  110. mariecx99

    RT @leninology: "Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy" ( http://bit.ly/aUnBzQ ) << One b …

  111. More on why to avoid retailers who support public sector cuts | Liberal Conspiracy

    [...] stories), but things went considerably better than that. Thousands of people turned up to read and rightwingers went into tailspin – two very good reasons to push on in my [...]

  112. Alan Sanders

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/gvgzXoe via @libcon

  113. Jan Bennett

    Join the "Boycott the 35” campaign http://bit.ly/agMiu0

  114. Owd Git

    Why I’m boycotting the 35 businesses who support the cuts | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/NnVWRQK via @libcon

  115. collider

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/10/24/why-im-boycotting-the-35-businesses-who-support-the-cuts/





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