Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Letter to The Times - NOT PUBLISHED - re consumerism

The Editor
The Times

10 January 2008

Dear Sir,

The reporting of a possible reduction in consumer confidence on the British high street always implies that less consumer spending is a bad thing ( Sainsbury's sales rise defies retail gloom, The Times, 10 January) . In an age when we consume more, waste more, spend more, have more personal debt, pay more for our mortgages on ever more expensive houses, work longer hours than ever before and cause more damage to the environment, perhaps it would be in the interests of us all if we consumed less. No politician could ever utter such a heresy against the cult of consumerism, so the merry-go-round continues unabated.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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