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The life lessons we’ll lose when the high streets fall

When closed signs are flipped over permanently, livelihoods aren’t all that are lost

Photo: Kris Tripplaar/SIPA USA/PA Images

When the pound shops are in trouble you know it’s bad. The British high street has been tottering for the best part of a decade, but this year has brought gloomier news than we’ve heard since 2012. Toys R Us is toast. House of Fraser, New Look and Moss Bros are in varying states of peril. M&S is poised to close 100 stores and, yes, Poundworld has gone into administration.

Business rates, out-of-town shopping, Brexit—they may be contributing factors but it’s fundamentally e-commerce that…

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