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I think the town centres though have vastly improved under Labour though- you can see massive differences between them now and when conservative were in. In general they're better now. There are alot of the usual chain shops but I don't think centre shave lost character- if you look theres still individuality to be found, maybe more obvious in cities (e.g Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market) but not missed in towns.
 

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Well I would agree with the identicalism of town and city centres to some extent, alot is in the way its presented rather than the shops themselves though- I don't know why you think northern towns would be more identical than southern though. Doesn't every city have their high street and specialist areas? Harrogate, Leeds, York, Bradford all offer high street and individual shops... I don't think chain shops are particularly bad, its only when they start opening a ridiculous amount of stoers, like McDonalds. Did you know, at McDonalds peak, during a certain point in 1997, they were opening a new restaurant every hour somewhere in the world. Some chain stores are good though, it can be more efficent and cheaper, providing there are other shops too.
 

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H&M is good... Not many people can afford to shop at boutiques anyway! The only thing I dont like about H&M is that many clothes are made in Bangladesh or China but other than that its good.
 

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Yes many clothes are made in places like that- its a bad thing because its almost guaranteed that when you go into somewhere like H&M where prices are cheap, the money is going to H&M rather than the workers, in other words, everytime I (or you) buy these things, it supports exploitation in the 3rd world, even if there is little choice (that is readily available on the high street)
 

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I mean the clothes should still be made in the third world, but just not under bad conditions. Most clothing factories do not allow talking during the working hours (usually about 0700-0900) and are cramped. If shops were making clothes that did not exploit the 3rd world, then they would have the fairtrade mark.
 

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Yeh I meant 2100, dunno why I wrote 0900 but oh well. The average pay is 63p per day. The range is from about 17p up to quite alot (obviously not everyone is poor in the 3rd world, just as not everyone is rich in the 1st world). I haven't bought (aka me- not stuff I eat which other people have bought) anything that hasn't been fairtrade this year- yay. There isn't much choice in clothes though, unfourtanetley- but there is for food so people should try and buy that.
 

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Yeah well, I could, but the only thing is, is that there aren't that many young clothes in the right size. don't know why but... hmm. I don't tend to bu many clothes anyway....
 

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There is no Burger King in Harrogate :D and only one McDonalds. Well. 2 If you include St. James' Retail Park. More of a tea/coffee shop town; Starbucks (Secondary Starbucks @ Sainsburys), 2x Costa, Caffe Nero, Caffe Latino. Apparently Progreso are looking to open too.
 

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Tesco will complete their mainland domination by opening a Tesco Superstore right here by next Christmas. There will then be one in every postcode area on the UK mainland :)
 
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