The BBC Panorma Primark exposé last night was not uncomfortable enough viewing to put off its most passionate and loyal shoppers.
Yes there were kids stitching beads and sequins in refugee camps but was there really enough squalor or shock factor to turn shoppers off Primark’s must-have £5 vest tops?
With the way household bills are rising in the UK, I doubt it.
Panorama’s programme last night disappointed me on most fronts. The programme makers missed an opportunity to bring the whole ethical sourcing debate to the fore instead choosing to pick on Primark and what it seemed to view as its unsustainable pricing. While there was clearly footage of other retailer’s garments - at one point the presenter talked in vague terms about other American and European retailers - the fact ethical sourcing is an issue facing the whole of the fashion industry from designer level to the value sector was somewhat swept under the carpet.
It will however be interesting to see if there is a short term effect on Primark’s sales and whether the BBC pricked the conscience of certain more sensitive customer types - perhaps students and the older demographic.
As for the factories featured, what happens to those workers now Primark has cut all ties?
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