Clothes and food should cost much more than they do in Britain to reflect their true impact on the environment, Vivienne Westwood said on Wednesday night.
Speaking at a Guardian Live event at Chelsea Old Town Hall hosted by columnist Deborah Orr, the controversial fashion designer said: “Clothes should cost a lot more than they do – they are so subsidised.
“Food should cost most more too – you know something is wrong when you can buy a cooked chicken for £2. The world runs on debt and that’s why nothing costs what it should.”
OK, so perhaps not all environmental externalities are included in the prices we pay,. Not sure I’d want to have to prove or refute that idea but certainly open to the possibility that it’s true.
But what’s the connection with debt there? Anyone?
Westwood also declared that capitalism was over and that “austerity is just a cover-up for the Ponzi scheme”.
She added: “Capitalism is a war economy, it is there to suck everything up for the people with the most power … never trust the government – they never work for you. They work for this terrible machine system.”
Ah, sorry, I get it. Silly me, looking to a fashion designer for insights into economics.