Why less is more

I WAS interested in the last two letters in this week’s Observer, the first stating unease at how the community asset that was the Fernleigh Centre has now become another clothes shop. There was concern from some at the time about how quickly this sale went through.

However, we have another clothes shop now where we can buy expensive items that we won’t be seen dead in two years’ time, because they will be too untrendy. Oh well, we can throw them away and help fill up the landfill sites, and get some more (on credit if we can’t wait until we can afford them).

The second letter expressing concern about huge trucks on our roads. There would be less need for huge trucks on our roads if there wasn’t the ‘need’ to continually update stocks in shops such as Jack Wills, and thousands like them. There would have been few lorries bringing deliveries to the Fernleigh Centre.

Congestion is one of the many prices we pay in search for ever-increasing prosperity, as measured by the amount of things we buy (if an item of clothing lasts us for six months, rather than six years, this seems to be desirable as we must keep people spending on replacements at all costs). Sooner or later this madness will stop. Whether it is because we see the error of our ways, or whether it is due to a global environmental disaster, is up to the human race.

Martin Emmett,

Lyndhurst Road,