I have come to the conclusion that I really like Desert Island Discs. Except that I prefer listening to it as a podcast because I don’t particularly like listening to the music choices. That is probably odd, but it is indeed true. On the podcasts they can only play small snippets of the music, so I much prefer it. Kirsty Young is a really good interviewer and I like finding out about the people featured on the programme. Just not their taste in music.
Anyway at lunch time today I went for a stroll and was listening to Kirsty Young speaking to Terry Leahy, who is the CEO of Tesco. I was slightly in two minds about listening to it because I am not very keen on Tesco and so wasn’t sure I really wanted to learn more about its head honcho. Anyway, it was actually quite a good programme, but there was a moment that summed up Tesco for me. Kirsty Young asked him whether all of his family was required to shop only at Tesco, and he explained that he bribed his children to tell on his wife if she ever stopped at Waitrose on the way home. There’s a whole load of wrong in that, but it could be taken as a bit of a joke. However, Kirsty pursued it a bit more and he was entirely serious about the point – and ended up badgering is wife so much about shopping at Waitrose that she now no longer does it. That’s Tesco for you – it stifles consumer choice. And requires people to turn in friends and family like some Stalinist dictatorship in order to destroy all other possible contenders. Remember that the next time you are eyeing up a buy one get one free offer.