Monday, December 19, 2011

Graham's campaign for real venison in Sainsbury's Nairn

Oor Graham (aka Cllr Marsden) tells the Gurn that he has been campaigning to get "real venison" on the shelves at Sainsbury's. He added that sales of venison are important to jobs in the Highlands and also to the Scottish economy. So far he has tried to push his point via both the local manager and the national feedback department at the supermarket but wonders if Gurnshire could put a little pressure on too?

Graham says that processed venison and burgers are available but not "real venison". C'mon Sainsbury's let's have some for those that want it.
This autumn this observer was in Ireland and remembers one supermarket chain "Supavalu" that showed charts of how many products produced in Ireland they sold as a percentage of their total sales. Maybe supermarkets trading in Scotland could start doing the same?

58 comments:

Save our local shops said...

As far as I know all Scottish supermarkets are owned or based in England so getting Scottish products into them might be a hard slog. Most key distribution centres are also south of the border. Even when local goods are available they are often sent hundreds of miles to packed and processed before being returned to be sold on local supermarket shelves. This is the way (rightly or wrongly) that supermarkets work
Graham would be much better off supporting the butchers on the High Street in his quest for venison, and indeed the rest of the Nairn traders, or are supermarkets his sole shopping domain now?

Graisg said...

C'mon even the First Minister has been rumoured to have used Nairn Sainsbury's :-)

Green Dad said...

I agree with Save our local shops. Marsden's supposed to help Nairn, not Justin King and his £3m pay packet: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/blog/2011/nov/25/sainburys-boss-pay-incentives.

Clark's on Leopold St do Highland venison if you ask nicely.

Graisg said...

Here's that page Green Dad, your link wasn't working on a copy and paste.

Anonymous said...

Deer, deer Graham, support local butchers !

Anonymous said...

Finger on the pulse as usual Cllr, campaigning on issues close to the hearts of the people of Nairn !
No doubt he'll be sending christmas cards with depicting reindeer.

canee get the antlers in the fridge said...

"C'mon even the First Minister has been rumoured to have used Nairn Sainsbury's :-)"

The First Minister was rumoured to have used Nairn Sainsbury's one evening when our High Street shops would have been closed

I would very much hope that when Mr Salmond is shopping in his constituency he would shop in, and support his local shops

As Green Dad has pointed out local venison is available for a High Street shop. Why is Mr Marsden not supporting his very own High Street? Another example is Ramages who stock far more local veg than Sainsbury's, and the Co-op is the UK's largest farmer so is more likely to carry British produce. Just two examples of how local produce is more likely to be found in a High Street store rather than a supermarket

Also, the number of Sainsbury's stores in Scotland is small so if Mr Marsden really wants to support supermarkets and Highland producers of venison might I suggest he badgers the likes of Tescos

In the current economic climate I would however suggest that venison might not even be on the message list for many folk, lucky Graham that he can afford such luxuries, and even chose to be picky with regard it's origin!

Perhaps Danny Alexander is being successful in easing the pain of the current recession for the Lib Dems after all?

Is there life on Mars said...

Does this mean he has scaled back the famous Lib Dem get Nairn a bypass campaign, probably, the website was abandoned and now the SNP seem to be mapping out the Nairn bypass

Do we take it that stacking supermarket shelves is now the main thrust of the party?

Mr & Mrs Toff said...

There will be so many Nairnites happy when real venison is available at Sainsbury's. The wife and I have often said it's what's lacking at the new store and now we have the wonderful Mr Marsden spearheading the campaign.

There are a couple of other items that the wife was wondering if Mr Marsden would like to pick up on as it would save us having to place our regular order with Fortnum and Masons, these are

Claret Jelly
Whole Baby Cropwell Bishop Stilton
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Foie Gras with Truffle

Thanks in advance to Mr Marsden for such splendid work in helping us gain the provisions that Nairn really needs

Anonymous said...

Gee whiz, real folk are having to rub two pennies together just to make it through the week and Cllr Marsden sees fit to start a campaign to get venison in our local supermarket. What planet is this man from?

Anonymous said...

8 legs of venison for £20... is that too deer?

Penalty Clause said...

I Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer wish to send councillor G.Marsden the compliments of the season even though he wants to have my relatives on sale at the meat counter in Sainsbury's as Dasher,Dancer,Prancer,Vixen,Comet,
Cupid,Donner, Blitzen & I flew over Nairn on our practise run ready for Christmas we noticed that the workmen were back again at the Sainsburys roundabout. "Oh Dear"

illegally parked said...

I bet other political parties are kicking themselves for missing this highly important issue.

I can just see Danny boy now, winking as he passes David Cameron a 'real' venison sandwich curtesy of Cllr Marsden and Sainsbury's

Well done Graham

Who killed Bambi said...

That could be my mother he's campaigning about

orange sauce said...

I quite fancy seeing some local Nairn duck for sale in Sainsbury's. The ducks on the river are well fed and plump just ready for eating

Could you fix it for me please Mr Marsden?

feet on the ground said...

He needs a slogan

"End poverty now, eat real venison"

There, that should do it

Elf and safety said...

Does Santa know about this campaign?

Rudolf with the colour challenged nose said...

One is not amused

Anonymous said...

"Real Venison"

How about he thinks about giving us real Liberal Democrats.

The Libs Dems seem to have lost their way within the coalition government, clearly Graham's campaign is another sign that as a party they are completely bereft of any meaningful policies or ideas

Marie Antoinette said...

"Let them eat venison"

Cllr Graham Marsden 2011

A quote for the history books

Anonymous said...

Sainsburys is always too deer for me

name says it really said...

"What planet is this man from?"

Mars?

two fingers waving said...

Is this the Gurnshire readers putting pressure on then?

Maybe he would be better served by campaigning at the next meeting of a certain Nairn CC

Milda Winton said...

Gosh you poor people, how do you survive without real venison?

Anonymous said...

Will Graham be getting his sledgehammer out if the local manager doesn't act soon?

Anonymous said...

Time he had a word with Sandy, I'm sure he still has some contacts within his old trade?

Anonymous said...

What a relief to know Cllr Marsden is busy representing and addressing the needs of the people of Nairn, NOT......... what planet is this man from. Does he honestly think he was elected to progress such campaigns as this. Bring on the next local election. As a previous Gurn poll indicated, there may be some changes in terms of who represents us.

The heavies said...

I don't wish to be rude, but can I just say that Graham has just proved himself to be a complete and utter caber thrower

Anonymous said...

Please tell me this is a joke or some sort of wind up ? Is Mr Marsden serious ?

Anonymous said...

Can there be many people who fill out a suggestion form and than have the nerve to start a public campaign

Just how many real venison chompers does Graham think there is in Nairn

born yesterday said...

Does this mean that oor Danny will attend a photoshoot with oor Graham and that we'll all get wee stickers to put in our cars

"Nairn supports real venison"

T-Shirts, website, and newspaper ads to follow?

that'll be right said...

Poor Graham. He's just trying to source some half decent food products which are going into the free food hampers he's preparing and giving out to all people who attend Nairn CAB

Anonymous said...

I'm not aware of any venison being farmed or culled in Nairnshire

How about Graham gets behind local food producers if he wants supermarkets to stock local food

label man said...

Real venison - good heavens, does that mean some clever person is producing fake stuff just like the designer bags and clothes?

pass the Boly said...

Sainsbury's is a disgrace, they were out of Beluga caviar and fresh white truffles today, and no one could tell me when the items would be in stock again, these are my basic food items, I just don't know what my family will eat this week

Mispace said...

Has he thought about starting a Facebook campaign?

Graham get your gun said...

I'm sure I saw a deer on the links early the other morning

Yum Yum said...

Why not also include local Swan from The River Nairn at Sainsburys delicatessen counter stuffed with wild chestnuts with just a hint of brandy & a sprinkling of nutmeg this would go down a treat for those with a more delicate palette who may find venison that little bit strong of taste for their liking.

Anonymous said...

Bet he wishes he could convert all these comments into votes

Lib Vens said...

Could he form a coalition in order to gain more support for his meaty campaign?

pastures new said...

Deery me, this could be the end of a brilliant political career, and such a popular and active member of the local community as well. I had a haunch this might happen, and as soon as I read the press release I went all doe eyed. He was a cut above the rest and always someone to be truly rutted.
He just needs Nick Clegg's full support now and that will be the matter closed

wee wifie said...

Well I'm glad that Sainsbury's is now stocking the processed venison as I was always snagging my cardie on the antlers. Could never get the fridge door shut, and as sure as anything when you did get it all in the antlers would pierce the yoghurt pot
No the processed burgers are much better if you ask me, and as for Afghan melons don't get me started

rabid reader said...

Might we expect a comment from the Gurn's political editor soon?

sneer said...

Is this a political deer campaign?

The deer hunter said...

Time to resign?

Anonymous said...

Could the Gurn not host one of its excellent but non scientific polls to see how many people want real bambi meat on sale at Nairn Sainsbury's, or would the votes for the motion only equal a lonely one?

Glib Hen said...

Has Graham gone to ground? The campaign seems to have gone very quiet. Perhaps he could bag pack at Sainsbury's to judge the popularity of his real venison amongst other customers

Graisg said...

What's the prob here? It isn't just LibDems that like Venison. Green Dad, well he actually knows where you can get some!

Anonymous said...

The problem is that having read through all the posts here, not one person is saying that they either agree or support Grahams campaign.

It would appear that it's only Graham who likes real venison, or at least, wants to buy it from Sainsbury's

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 7.22 said "there may be some changes in terms of who represents us". For that to happen, people have to put their money where their mouths are and stand in the election, how many contributors will do that?

Fawning said...

Does this mean deer poo is going to be the new problem on our pavements?

Anonymous said...

Bless him, he tries hard but clearly he's not the sharpest antler in the glen

Graisg said...

@ Locked antlers - a bit past "fair game" on that one perhaps

Deer meet said...

A man takes home some fresh venison

Both he and his wife decide not to tell their children what meat it is, but will give them a clue and see if they can guess

The children were eager to find out what meat they were eating and begged their father for a clue

"Well" he said, "It's what mummy calls me sometimes"

The little girl immediately screams at her brother

"Don't eat it, it's asshole'

N Clegg said...

Could Graham be persuaded to release details of any other policies or campaigns he has up his sleeve before the coming council elections?

I appreciate that this may be seen as an unfair advantage but I'm sure the Gurn would give space to other councillors mandates, hopefully they will all draw the same huge response which has been given to Graham's real venison campaign

If only we could make all political campaigns were so interesting!

Mobile DJ available said...

I reckon Graham's "Real Venison" is going to be the number 1 anthem in Nairn this Christmas

Graham for Provost said...

I can see this would be a campaign that the tories would get behind, so some agreement in the coalition camp for once

Cllr Marsden fan said...

I would just like to wish Cllr Graham Marsden a very merry Christmas

Whilst parties debate the appalling cuts we are likely to see happen to folks benefits, or the hardship which many of our older residents endure, Mr Marsden has managed to cut to the heart of his community and campaign for what is really important to us all, real venison in Sainsbury's.

I applaud Mr Marsden for raising such an important issue, his campaign is the talk of Nairn

The Liberal Democrats have come under much criticism this year, accusations such as Nick Clegg being David Cameron's puppet, failed election promises such as the cutting of tuition fees, but Mr Marsden has risen above this and is spearheading a campaign which must surely mark the return of the Liberal Democrats as a meaningful political force

Mr Marsden, I thank you. Your contribution to your party is immeasurable