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  • A roundup of interesting stories

    by Sunny
    20th March, 2008 at 5:12 am    

    Firstly, I’m glad the appalling story of how the Gurkhas have been discriminated against by the armed forces has been thrust into the limelight, following their protests yesterday. Hell, even the Daily Mail was moved to comment on their story.

    Meanwhie, the Tibetan protests thankfully show no sign of slowing down. I think boycotting the Beijing Olympics is a great idea.

    The home office is trying to delay the vote on 42 days until after the May local/Mayoral elections.

    And I’m also going to add Banana Republic on my list of companies to boycott (which is annoying because I like their clothes) based on this report by War on Want.

    And finally, weren’t we all pleased to see the Daily Express squirm over its apology to the McCann family and paying out half a million quid. Couldn’t happen to bigger bunch of scum. It did occur to me though - it was quite easy for the McCann family to show examples of bad reporting and demand an apology over it. How difficult would it be for gypsy/Polish/asylum seeker/Muslim groups to do the same over the rest of the rubbish that gets printed in them?

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    1. cjcjc — on 20th March, 2008 at 9:15 am  

      You’ll have to boycott Gap too as they are the owner of Banana Republic. I have stopped both.
      BR clothes do look nice but not well made and don’t last - oh, I wonder why?

      Boycotting the Olympics is a good idea, but it’s a bit late now.
      China should never have got them.
      (Nor should London, but for different reasons!)

      I caught Michael Gove squirming on the Politics Show yesterday when asked why the Tories wouldn’t make the simple pledge to support the Gurkha’s entirely legitimate claims.

      His weaselly response was a f*cking disgrace.

      (I take it as read that the govt. won’t do the right thing).

    2. Leon — on 20th March, 2008 at 10:20 am  

      How difficult would it be for gypsy/Polish/asylum seeker/Muslim groups to do the same over the rest of the rubbish that gets printed in them?


    3. Ashik — on 20th March, 2008 at 2:56 pm  


      The story about the Gurkha Soldiers is appalling. After a 15 year term of loyal service, our govt is treating Gurkhas differently for benefits/immigration purposes based on the arbitary date of whether their service ended before or after 1997.

    4. Boyo — on 20th March, 2008 at 3:57 pm  

      If you want to do something positive, you can join me and support the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

    5. halima — on 20th March, 2008 at 4:02 pm  

      Have been watching peaceful Tibetan monks being arrested and dragged into police vans all week in Kathmandu - terrible thing to see, hits home how bad it must be for people living in different parts of the world with curfews and restricted movement.

    6. Vasey — on 20th March, 2008 at 7:29 pm  

      I’m not sure it would work the same way for groups such as asylum seekers as it does for individuals who’ve had specific accusations made against them. Then again, I’m not a lawyer by any stretch of the imagination.

    7. Anas — on 21st March, 2008 at 2:31 pm  

      Boycott the olympics how? I never watch the olympics anyhow. Should I now not watch them for different reasons?

    8. Curly — on 22nd March, 2008 at 11:50 am  

      It seems absurd to open our doors to criminals yet slam them closed in the face of the Gurkhas!

    9. zohra — on 24th March, 2008 at 11:34 pm  

      The Gap has been infamous for using sweatshop labour for over a decade; ditto Banana Republic, and it’s other brand Old Navy (the cheapest of the three, big deal in North America).

      This article you’ve linked to is partly about how the company is going to launch an investigation into its supply chain (after allegations about the use of sweatshops were leveled at it) because Gap signed up to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in 2004.

      Don’t want to discourage a boycott if that’s what you feel is necessary, and definitely not writing to defend the Gap, but just wanted to highlight to other readers to take a look at the article before they immediately follow suit. Also, want to point out that the Gap is actually listed by Ethical Consumer magazine as one of the better/improved companies. In fact, their review prompted me to end my ten-year boycott of the store last year.

      Would be interested to hear others’ thoughts about boycotting clothing stores as, unless one is prepared to make their clothes themselves or else buy straight from the makers (e.g. spittlefields market), is relatively difficult not to be relying on some sort of exploitive labour if any piece of clothing is coming from a high street store.

      Is there something to be said about using consumer power to encourage companies to be more rigorous etc? Is the ETI not something we should champion? War on Want suggests sending in receipts of purchases stapled to their postcards saying ‘I give you my money but I also care about x, y, and z, so respond to me as a concerned consumer’.

      All that said, I’m still boycotting Nike.

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