Addicted to shopping: Have we become a nation brainwashed into buying things we don"t need?

Addicted to shopping: Have we become a nation brainwashed into buying things we don”t need

1:54 AM on 17th September 2011

Shut away from the real world in this gleaming hall of fantasy, we can disguise from ourselves the fact the Western world is perilously close to ruin

Shut away from the real world in this gleaming hall of fantasy, we can disguise from ourselves the fact the Western world is perilously close to ruin

AN Wilson sips a 9.50 glass of champagne in the gigantic Westfield Stratford City in the East End of London

AN Wilson sips a 9.50 glass of champagne in the gigantic Westfield Stratford City in the East End of London

AN Wilson enjoys a massage from Beatrice at Massage Angel

AN Wilson enjoys a massage from Beatrice at Massage Angel

Westfield Stratford City cost 1.45 billion to build. It is 20 times the size of St Paul

Westfield Stratford City cost 1.45 billion to build. It is 20 times the size of St Paul”s Cathedral

This vast temple to commerce has in excess of 300 shops, 70 places to eat and 5,000 car parking spaces

This vast temple to commerce has in excess of 300 shops, 70 places to eat and 5,000 car parking spaces

All the anecdotal evidence I had collected from young women in the mall suggested they were spending more money than they possessed

All the anecdotal evidence I had collected from young women in the mall suggested they were spending more money than they possessed