Gin and Sam Palmer, who run a Spar in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, are facing a colossal rates rise of 210% this year about £28,000 extra, owing to the fact that the town is doing well compared with a few years ago and the assessment was based on data collected during a boom time from the few rented properties on the smallish high street.

This is a crippling move and, unfortunately, the Welsh Assembly does not cap its rates.

As the whole town is up in arms about the rises I suggested to Sam that he contact BBC Wales to see if they will lobby for him. They did a good job reporting on the glitchy Horizon system that has put some sub-postmasters on the skids.