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SO, on "Panic Saturday" shoppers were expected to spend £1.2bn, this being contrasted with the 13 million people across the country expected to spend Christmas in poverty.

The growing gulf between haves and have-nots is also a big issue in many Western countries, such as in Germany, where I am currently living. The story does not stop there. No, the goods bought with those £1.2bn are often sourced in ultra-low-cost countries, where, in order to give consumers the lowest possible prices and to give importers/retailers the high margins they demand, goods are produced in sweatshop conditions. Add to this the inherent cruelty in industrial meat production, energy requirements for production and transportation of goods and endless, superfluous, plastic packaging.

Surely the whole point of the celebrations is to have a pleasant, reflective time, rather than to indulge in an orgy of consumption?

No amount of merriment will disguise the fact that excessive consumerism involves immoral, inhumane and damaging consequences.

ALAN MITCHAM

Cologne, Germany

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