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18 March 2010
Supermarket bags: what was the government playing at?
Actions have unintended consequences, a fact which Nu-Labour doesn't seem able to take on board. When I last lived in the UK many people used supermarket bags as small bin liners. Today when you go into a supermarket you are given exactly the number of bags that your shopping needs, and as I understand it that came about because of regime pressure on the shops to cease using so many plastic bags. However, people still have bins for their kitchen waste and those bins still need liners, so they buy them in supermarkets. Your friendly old Exile, being a cheapskate, just asked the girl at the checkout for some extra bags and she was only to pleased to hand over half a dozen or so, but it seems that most people are too embarrassed to do that.

This rather begs the question, since people are using plastic bin liners instead of old plastic bags for their rubbish, where exactly is the green benefit?



Mr Exile, you've overlooked the fact that almost none of these Green schemes make any practical sense. Instead, they are the rituals of a new religion that worships "pristine" nature (that hasn't existed for thousands of years) and has introduced a novel concept of Original Sin. There's even dietary laws for the really zealous. And naturally the moneyed and the aristocracy are at its forefront, as ever.

18 March 2010 at 17:09  

I didn't overlook it - I am only just finding it out. It seems to apply to all of the government's wheezes as unintended consequences abound. Please stick around as I find out more of what is to you the bleeding obvious.

18 March 2010 at 19:20  

Well, one advantage of being a middle-class toe-rag who gets invited to all the best dinner parties is that you do cotton on more quickly to the kind of thing that Jeremy and Phillipa are "really in to" and feel is "desperately important" :)

18 March 2010 at 20:08  

You are probably right. Such a pity that I am living on a friend's sofa in Walsall. Ever been to Walsall? Everything that you have heard about the place is true.

18 March 2010 at 23:20  

Why can't you just use the bags you put your shopping into as the bin liner? I've never needed to grab extra bags for this, and I've got a whole drawer full of spare placca bags in case i run out of dog poo bags.

20 March 2010 at 14:10  

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