Thursday, 27 September 2012

Plastic bags and the BNP

I've got a couple of blog posts elsewhere in cyber-space this week (do people still use the word 'cyber-space'?)

One is at the IEA and is about state-funding of the BNP. I'm against it (take that, sacred cows!) but I also think that the government should stop funding all political parties and lobby groups.

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The second is at the ASI and is about the claim that forcing shops to charge 5p for a carrier bag has reduced bag use by 95 per cent. It is a claim that does not seem to stand up.

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Mark Wadsworth said...

That is a f-ing outrage and an affront to anybody who believes in democracy.

If the EU want to withdraw ALL funding, then excellent, but the BNP are a perfectly legally party who have been perfectly legally elected and the fact that what they say is repellent to the verge of being insane is not really an objective criteria, is it?

It's like the EU kept changing the rules so that UKIP wouldn't get any of the extra money for slightly larger parties. UKIP too are a perfectly legal party etc.

F***W*T TW****R said...

Most of these 'once' only bags are biodegradable. certainly the Tesco's rot within eighteen months of exposure to sunlight.

Jonathan Bagley said...

Why don't they charge? Who boycotts a store because they have to pay for bags? Lidl charges and they are successful. Every little helps. You've got a hundred bags crammed in a cupboard. Why not get half a dozen out and carry them to your car? OK, it's another tax, but you have to be pretty dumb to ever pay it. Those are the best taxes. Like the lottery tax. I love that one.

Peter said...

"Why not get half a dozen out and carry them to your car? "

Because my car won't fit on the Tube when I may want to pick something up on the way home from work.

"Lidl charges and they are successful"
Post hoc ergo propter hoc? Are you suggesting that a grocer's competitiveness is thanks to his charging for plastic bags?