Boxing Day Shopping Ban

On Monday afternoon, at Westminster Hall, the government debated on whether shops should be open on Boxing Day, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. A petition online that brought the matter to the MPs attention gained over 138,000 signatures; it stated:

“Retail workers work extremely hard during the Christmas run up and only get the one day”

Although thisFile:Shoppers on Dundas, near Yonge.jpg is understandable, many disagree as it is an opportunity to buy items with a large discount and generates lots of business and profit for all companies.

The speakers opposing the ban proposed that Boxing Day is a time when most families have time to shop for late gifts or new tech. However, Helen Jones, the MP supporting the petition and leading the debate, said:

“What I’ve not seen is anything to convince me that Boxing Day generates extra trade, as opposed to just moving it to another day”.

Others agreeing with her stated the days including and surrounding Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but if retail staff have to work, the main purpose of the holidays cannot be fulfilled.

While many disagree with the proposition of banning shops opening on the 26th December, the arguments put forward were very convincing and the matter may appear in parliamentary debates next year to more success.

– Autumn

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