So Marks & Sparks have caved in to the Eco-lobby, and are planning to charge 5p for each plastic bag used by their customers, and, wait for it, donate the proceeds to an environmental charity called Groundwork. This same Groundwork has a motto stating ‘Building sustainable communities in areas of need through joint environmental action’ which just about says all about Groundwork.
I noticed that the Northern Irish M&S have been charging for bags for some time, but always thought that this was ‘Irish-speak’ for the cash paid to the IRA to be allowed to continue in business in Northern Ireland.
The thing that troubles me is that the humble plastic shopping bag has been metaphorically seized by the chattering classes, politicians and weirdy-wobblies in the eco-environment as the opposite of the ‘Holy Grail’ in terms of environmental acceptability, but one question remains, at least to me. Have any of these clowns ever struggled to get a family’s shopping into the house or flat from the car in a typical British downpour? Shock, Horror! I use a car to do my shopping! Is there no end to the ridicule which is poured upon the likes of me? It’s not only plastic I throw away, I also splurge and throw PETROL away as well!
But there again, I will continue to use plastic bags until the Jackboot Squad comes for me, and bundle me away to the confines of a Community Centre staffed exclusively by well-meaning busy-bodies who really mean WELL!