03 Nov 2006 • 2,020 views
P IS FOR .....
I was in Primark yesterday, specifically to get one of their plastic bags. I bought some socks, but the cash assistant was going to put them in a plain unmarked bag. So I specifically ask her for a bag with the Primark logo on. She says something like "Why? Do you like walking around displaying our name?" and so I reply with honesty, "I'm going to put it on my head later and take a photo." We both laugh
.... P O V E R T Y
someone on the web says "Primark scored 2.5 out of 20 on an ethical index."
another person says "I would tend to assume that Primark can afford to sell things so cheaply thanks to cheap labour in third world countries. I'd assume they pay the workers very little wages for a great amount of work"
someone else says "a large number of the british public might not be able to afford to be ethical, and therefore shops like Primark etc are the only shops they can afford to shop in. I'm not saying this is right, but it is the reality (or at least the perceived reality) for a lot of people"
and I have another immediate association with the word poverty
In this early part of the 21st century, during the gradual emergence of our first globally aware and interconnected culture, the word poverty makes me think of the poverty of ideas that millions of people around the world now associate with the world's over-hyped superpower, America, via it's idiot child, the so called War On Terror (or WOT). Most especially how desperately impoverished our consensus reality becomes, from knowing that the USA and its allies rely upon torture.