MadPriest, Where’s Your Troosers?

I only ever own one belt at a time because I only ever wear one pair of trousers at a time. A second belt would be an extravagance. It is always one of those reversible belts, black on one side, brown on the other, as this covers all eventualities as far as my wardrobe is concerned.

There is one major problem with my frugal accessorising and that is, when my belt falls to bits, (which is a regular occurrence because my belt is always, out of necessity, of the cheap variety), I have nothing to keep my trousers up with. Therefore, because a rent asunder situation arouse yesterday I had to put on my tightest pair of trousers today and venture out to that great temple of consumerism, the Metrocentre in Gateshead, to buy myself a new belt.

This, you would think, would be a simple task. The Metrocentre must have thousand of belts for sale within its many stores. Unfortunately, I have one simple requirement of my belts that makes the speedy purchase of one impossible. I absolutely refuse to buy a bog standard item, such as a belt, that has been made in China. I don't like the fact that such an item will have been shipped half way across the world when they can easily be produced nearer to home, and I certainly don't like the idea of my money going towards the increased empowerment of the human rights abusing, mass murderers of the Chinese government. However, this is not an attitude shared by the purchasing departments of the major chain stores. I couldn't even get a belt that was not made in China from Marks and Sparks, and it was not that long ago that they boasted about their goods being made in Britain. In the end, after over an hour of looking, I managed to buy a designer belt from TKMaxx at a knock down price which had, at least been made in Italy.

My New (Church) Year resolution is going to be to attempt, on my limited budget, to buy as local and as ethically as possible. I think, with global warming and all that, cutting the mileage on our essentials is more important than all other considerations, even the organic option. Above all, China has to be as big a no no as South Africa was during apartheid. Now that the Chinese rich have enjoyed the goodies of capitalism, threatening the continuation of their new found wealth has to be the easiest and quickest way to get the working people of China a lot more freedom in their everyday lives than they currently experience.

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