Letter: British Rip-Offs
Crossleigh, A, The Independent (London, England)
Sir: Clare Garner reports ( 21 September) that "Treasury research" shows that we are being ripped off. It is sad that politicians always seem to be the last to know these things. I have known for years that Britain is the rip-off capital of the world, and have found my own solution. Unlike Clare Garner, I do not go to America to do my shopping, I just go 25 miles south of Dover and do my shopping in France, where I am less likely to be mugged or shot than in the States.
A leg of New Zealand lamb which is on sale in most French supermarkets costs, on average the same price per kilo as it costs per pound in the store where "good food costs less" (half the price). I have seen the self same litre of "plonk" which can be bought for about Fr8 (80p-90p) in France, on sale in England for pounds 8 (yes, eight pounds!). The bottle of Chablis Grand Cru or Mersault which can be bought in France for around Fr60 per bottle appears on the shelves here at anything from pounds 20 per bottle upwards. …