High Street shops are suffering badly under Conservative government mismanagement of the economy, with Poundworld being the latest casualty.

And businesses are saying Theresa May’s planned Brexit will make matters much, much worse.

That is what MPs should be considering when they start voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Poundworld has collapsed into administration, putting more than 5,000 jobs at risk across its 335 shops, after rescue talks failed over the weekend.

The discount retail chain’s demise follows the collapse into administration this year of the electronics firm Maplin and Toys R Us.

House of Fraser announced plans last week to close 31 stores, putting a further 6,000 jobs at risk. Mothercare, New Look and Carpetright are closing dozens of outlets.

Restaurants including Prezzo, the burger chain Byron and Jamie’s Italian have also closed outlets.

Tory policy means anyone who loses their job will be bullied out of applying for unemployment benefits, so the government can claim that more people are in work than ever before.

And the number of people in debt, in destitution, with mental health problems, without a home, will rise again.

That’s Tory Britain. And with a complicit, right-wing press to keep the facts from the public, most people won’t even know this is happening… until it happens to them.

MPs have a chance to start turning this around when they vote on the government’s latest pointless Brexit plans.

But will they have the guts to do what’s right – or will they just do as they are told, like good little sheep?

Source: Poundworld falls into administration, putting 5,000 jobs at risk | Business | The Guardian

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