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As for letting people decide, its a slippery slope with no way back - all of us (myself included) are hypocrites that act in our own self-interest and can't see the wider, long-term impac of our actions.
Its a bit like tax. I want well funded public services. But I also want to minimise my tax payments of course, and will do everything I can to do so. If everyone is allowed to avoid paying (like I want to) lithen the police wont exist, rubbish wont be collected etc etc. In short, we can't be trusted to do individually what is in the interest of the collective - and that extends to protecting high streets.
I would be in favour of allowing small businesses to be open without restriction, as long as their workers receive appropriate protection of choice whether or not to work on a Sunday. and the supermarkets should have to shut.
No surprise to see the so called Tax Payers Alliance get a transparancy rating of E.
Slightly depressing to see that all the other low-transparancy groups are on the right of the political spectrum - not sure what it says about the vested interests.
I suppose one could point to the fact that unions are more likely to fund think-tanks which pursue so called 'progressive' politics, and they are probably required by law to have a greater degree of transparancy.
That said, on the matter of Sunday trading, I am very much in favour of ensuring that one day a week remains for the family, and separate from commerce (with the notable exception of leisure pursuits). This is a personal position, and one anyone is welcome to disagree with. From a party political position however it would seem bizarre if we overlooked the fact that this is a popular position with the electorate also.
We should ensure that staff working in restaurants and cafes do have a genuine right to refuse to work on those days though.
The 'Tax Payers Alliance' are a joke - a self-appointed guardian of tax-dodgers that act as a rent-a-quote for any lazy journo.
No-one is suggesting that we're 'slaves to traditions' - my point here is that its not not just about tradition (and I confess my glib answer above did not make that clear) - its about harm to the fabric of society.
All sorts of social laws matter. I suggest you do, as a Conservative, "expect a government to keep up a tradition by force of law"actually - and curb the excesses of free for all behaviour. Its traditional not to have all night raves in residential neighbourhoods, its traditional to not allow all the shops and the pub in the village to be converted into housing, its traditional to ensure that planning permission is required to build on Green Belt land etc.
I would suggest the vested 'interests' behind the push for extended opening are far more likely to be insidious - a handful of large retail consortiums, most likely based in tax-havens (who have no doubt bled the state through furlough practices....).