We fixate on the decline of the high street, but the real issue is Amazon | John Harris squib

Politicians talk about saving traditional shops, yet they should focus efforts on challenging the vast power of the tech giant

What will happen to the high street now? After long years of decline prior to the pandemic, the sense of inevitable disaster is becoming overwhelming. Pick your place, and the headlines will tell you most of the story: “Further blow for East Kilbride as Marks & Spencer confirm closure of flagship store,” reports the Scottish Daily Record, adding that the news came “just days after Zara announced it would leave … with Boots stores in the town under threat and a number of restaurants having closed”.

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