AS Labour is in thrall to the large supermarkets, Lord Rooker’s arrogant and controversial decision to give the go-ahead to a John Lewis superstore at Sprucefield was perhaps unsurprising. Now it appears it may be coming back to haunt him already, as he announces the delay of planning policies until legal challenges to his decision have been dealt with. The NIO is reportedly split over the Minister’s decision, which – given that the new retailing policies were in the immediate offing at the time it was taken – now seems premature.
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