M&S getting a pasting on social media #spiritofsummer

Mon 20 July CopyI’ve not seen the industry-leading Code of Practice that underpins M&S’s belief that they can sell grouse meat this year – has anyone?

I’ve not heard a thing from M&S – has anyone?

I’m not convinced that I should be shopping at M&S – are you?

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9 Replies to “M&S getting a pasting on social media #spiritofsummer”

  1. So far have bought an evening bottle of wine and two lunches from elsewhere rather than M&S. A total of about £30. That's a few extra grouse they'll have to sell to offset my lack of custom.
    All rather disappointing from a company that overall has a pretty good CSR agenda through their Plan A. The red grouse supply chain is clearly at odds with Plan A.

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    1. Rob - you are ahead of me because my boycott hasn't started yet. But I agree, I think M&S are pretty good over all and will regret taking my business elsewhere.

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  2. They are probably going to source the grouse from a shooting estate on the shores of Lochmuir: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochmuir

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  3. Apologies Rob and Mark but I feel I may need to visit M&S come August. If M&S aren't going to remove grouse from their shelves I really do think that somebody else should do it for them.

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    1. What you mean pick it up from the chilled aisle and stuff it down behind some of the dry goods where it means they have to chuck it out if it isn't still cool to touch when they find it? Yeah, be careful, that sort of thing can get you thrown out and banned when they catch you. If you're lucky and you go in at school lunch time though the security guard and CCTV will be too busy following bored teenagers out to cause trouble to follow you. You'll only get away with that for so long, but since you didn't remove goods from the store there is nothing they can actually charge you with. Or so I've been told anyway.

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  4. It is amazing the stupid things people manage to do - and the private sector is no better than the public. M&S has put a lot of work into its environmental reputation - I'm not sure quite what, but suspect a lot of carbon reduction through its logistics and stores. But that isn't very newsworthy. What you just don't do is then go out and find a completely fringe issue that most definitely is newsy, however trivial, to completely overshadow all the good work you've been doing. That is exactly what this issue is going to do - if they hadn't made the (right) decision in the first place to stop selling grouse it wouldn't be so bad, but to actually reverse that decision just as grouse shooting is heading into the maelstrom of another season of near zero breeding success and inexplicable missing males can only lose them money quite out of proportion to any grouse they can ever hope to sell - and, potentially, make them a target for bringing the issue to town through protests outside their stores. So how has it happened ? No doubt the old story of a non-exec lent on at dinner by his shooting mates - exactly the sort of ill thought through prejudice that brought us the forest sales fiasco and lost two Ministers their jobs.

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  5. It is amazing the stupid things people manage to do - and the private sector is no better than the public. M&S has put a lot of work into its environmental reputation - I'm not sure quite what, but suspect a lot of carbon reduction through its logistics and stores. But that isn't very newsworthy. What you just don't do is then go out and find a completely fringe issue that most definitely is newsy, however trivial, to completely overshadow all the good work you've been doing. That is exactly what this issue is going to do - if they hadn't made the (right) decision in the first place to stop selling grouse it wouldn't be so bad, but to actually reverse that decision just as grouse shooting is heading into the maelstrom of another season of near zero breeding success and inexplicable missing males can only lose them money quite out of proportion to any grouse they can ever hope to sell - and, potentially, make them a target for bringing the issue to town through protests outside their stores. So how has it happened ? No doubt the old story of a non-exec lent on at dinner by his shooting mates - exactly the sort of ill thought through prejudice that brought us the forest sales fiasco and lost two Ministers their jobs.

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  6. Mark I've never bought much from M&S, over hyped, over priced and historically far too pro Israel, including in the past I believe selling stuff from the West Bank as produce of Israel. What Is clear is what little I bought will become nothing as a result of this decision.

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