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Jane Merrick is the Political Editor of the Independent on Sunday. She has been a political journalist for seven years, previously working at the Press Association and the Daily Mail

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Tories in Manchester: Get Britain Shopping

Posted by Jane Merrick
  • Monday, 5 October 2009 at 03:53 pm
There have been some reports that an entire shopping mall has been plonked inside the conference centre for Tory conf in Manchester - including a Harvey Nichols - and the suggestion that this consumerism is a bit much. Also, it is said, it's all Harvey Nicks, and Crombie, and it is all a bit posh and not what the modern face of Conservativsm should be.

Purely in the interests of research, of course, I've just checked it out and can report that there is indeed a Harvey Nicks - but in the form of a champagne bar and mini foodhall, not top of the range fashion (probably a good thing). There is also a Marks and Spencer selling relatively cheap 100% cashmere cardies (about £50) - not so posh.

Surely, in this peri-recessional world, this is a good thing. The best thing for the economy those who are still working and find they have cheaper mortgages can do is to shop. Perhaps the Tories are telling us they want to, as well as Get Britain Working (see welfare package), they also want to Get Britain Shopping. David Cameron may have opposed the fiscal stimulus but his party are backing the cashmere stimulus. And, if you excuse me, I'm going to go and do my bit for the economy.


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