torching the wooly jumpers
I’m not into sport (that is perhaps an understatement, I loathe most sport and I’d rather poke my eyes out than watch it) but I do respect that others don’t feel the same way. I do know people who’ve taken part in previous Olympic torch relays and it has been one of their lifetime highlights. Do I have a right to bugger it up for them? Do they have a right to put their ego ahead of doing the right thing?
So how do I show my distaste for a country at a time that it wants to shine internationally?
A few weeks ago, while pondering this question I came up with the answer. Til the Olympics are over – I will attempt to boycott all goods made in China. No discretionary spending dollars to be spent on products originating from that vast, manufacturing land.
Two weeks down the track I’ve discovered that finding a stylish winter sweater is quite a challenge. Brands like David Lawrence outsource all it’s garment making to China and still charge a premium for its products.
I know it is a futile protest. There is absolutely no point in telling a young shop assistant why you are leaving a store empty handed after turning their clothes inside out to inspect the labels. Not buying a jumper isn’t going to bring freedom to the Tibetans, nor prevent another Falun Gong follower becoming an unwilling organ donor.
Yes it is just another symbolic act, like the Earth Hour that I have previously mocked.
And at the end of the day I am still angered over China’s horrendous history of human rights atrocities.
I have lost respect for a government that makes a public display of telling China it doesn’t approve of it’s recent actions but instead of stopping the torch relay, forks out over $2 million of taxpayers dollars to allow it to go ahead. (Oh, and the blue-tracksuited Chinese security thugs will stay on the bus, right Kevin).
And I’m still not fond of sport.