Sir; Keith Wilson (Readers Letters, The Grocer, November 19, p32) gamely tries to justify the multiples’ imminent take-over of the retailing scene. His is a very narrow argument.
Let’s consider Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool - a big four if ever there was one. Let’s say that in addition to Premiership League and Euro Championship teams, they are allowed to run their own lesser teams - still branded and financed by the same major Premiership backers.
Say they can compete against smaller sides in the Nationwide Conference League and the Ryman League. Let’s say they are allowed to compete also in rugby league, hockey, the grand prix circuit and the cricket county championships.
As an Arsenal fan, whatever part of the sporting calendar you are looking at you will find a highly paid, highly motivated and winning team. The same for fans of the other top three. But not for anyone else.
It hardly encourages the enterprising youngster if his team is likely, at best, to come fifth. Is a minimal chance of success sufficient to engender a good, strong competitive spirit?
The debate on dominance of the multiples must not discount the effects on the right to ply one’s trade, personal ambition or on the culture of enterprise. These are all productive elements of competition.