The response to my article calling for people to stop buying products provided by firms that donate to the Conservative Party had a great response.
Originally I intended to update that article with new additions to the list of Tory donor firms, but it occurs to me that this may not attract as many readers as regular (or semi-regular) updates, so I’m taking the latter route.
I am aware that some respondents have expressed scepticism about the idea. It won’t produce results overnight, that’s for sure – but then, we’re stuck with Boris Johnson and his cabal of incompetents until 2024, thanks to the 2019 general election. Do you have anything better to do?
This Site can’t change the situation on its own, either, so don’t expect me to. It is the individual responsibility of everybody in the UK to obtain the best government possible – and to change that government by any legal means if a wrong decision is made; you can’t expect the rest of us to do it for you.
That means changing your behaviour to cut out the Tory businesses, and finding new suppliers of goods and services you need.
It also means pestering your friends and colleagues to do the same. Expect resistance because people are naturally lazy. Use the exam results fiasco to persuade parents, and the Covid-19 disaster on others. As the Tories perpetrate more cock-ups – and they will – add those to the list you can use.
And here’s the list of Tory donor firms to shun:
Addison Lee (via founder John Griffin)
Associated British Foods
Beds and Bars Ltd
Bestway (cash and carry)
Bicester Shopping Village
Cameron Mackintosh (theatre company: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Miss Saigon, Cats and Hamilton)
Caxton Associates (via boss Andrew Law)
Country House Weddings Ltd
CVC Capital Partners (via co-founder Bruce Hardy McLain)
Dyson (household appliance manufacturer)
E.On (gas and electricity supplier)
Flamingo Land (Yorkshire theme park)
Genix Healthcare (NHS and private dental clinics)
Ginsters (pasty and pie manufacturer, owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)
Golden Wonder (crisps)
Hooch (drink, owned by Tory donor Global Brands Ltd)
Imperial London Hotels Ltd
JCB (construction, but has also licenced hundreds of other products)
JP Morgan Cazenove (via former chairman David Mayhew)
Kingsmill (bread, owned by Associated British Foods)
The London Cabaret Club
Lycamobile (SIM card company)
Melton Mowbray pies (owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)
Microsoft Ltd (UK branch of the US corporation. This could be tricky as I expect we all have Microsoft products!)
New Cross Nursing Group Ltd (nurse agency)
Patak’s (owned by Associated British Foods)
Petrofac (via chairman Ayman Asfari)
Radnor Hills Mineral Water
Scottish Power (although this firm seems confused and has also given to Labour)
Selfridges (department store)
Silver Spoon (suger manufacturer, owned by Associated British Foods)
Soreen Malt Loaf (owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)
The Spectator (magazine, via former owner Sir Henry Keswick)
The Sun (newspaper (it says))
Tate & Lyle (sugar manufacturer)
Tempcover (car insurer)
Twinings (tea manufacturer, owned by Associated British Foods)
VK (alcopop owned by Tory donor Global Brands Ltd)
Warburtons (bread manufacturer)
Wetherspoons (pub chain)
It’s still not an exhaustive list. I’m working through the evidence as fast as I can.
And it may be inaccurate in places. Any firm or person listed above who thinks they shouldn’t be is invited to get in touch (politely, please!) and we can talk about it.
I must emphasize that this is not something that can achieve results overnight. It requires a behavioural shift by a large number of people, into awareness of where their money goes after they use it to buy goods/services.
And I must also remind you of one very important fact:
If you – personally – don’t do anything, nothing will change. It really is your choice.
(NOTE August 17: Richer Sounds has been removed from the list as I have been informed that the company is very far from being a Tory donor; it is now largely employee-owned and supports a large number of progressive causes and campaigns, in line with the activities of its founder, Julian Richer. I am delighted to make this correction and hope to run an article about what appears to be an exemplary UK business in the near future.)
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