Never Mind the Global Economic Collapse: What About Plastic Bags?

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"This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine… We regard the agreement signed last night as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to have to pay more than is necessary for our chocolate confectionary. That is why our new Anglo-German Treaty on Maximum Permissable Prices For Mars Bars And Other Chocolate Confectionary will guarantee now and forever more what I can confidently declare is Peace In Our Time." ~ Neville Chamberlain, Heston Airport, September 1938.

Not so long from now, distinguished, elderly historians such as Lord (Andrew) Roberts of Manhattan OM and Sir Niall Fergusson are going to be re-examining the behaviour of the world’s political leaders in the run up to the greatest, most hideously painful economic crash in history. And then, sadly, these historians are going to keel over dead, laughing at the risible extent of the self-delusion, arrogance, remoteness and truly breathtaking stupidity displayed by men like David Cameron.

Cameron’s ultimatum to supermarkets yesterday was perhaps his most cherishable lunacy yet:

Britain’s biggest supermarkets are today given an ultimatum by the Prime Minister: radically reduce the number of plastic bags you hand out by choice, or I will force you to by law.

David Cameron warns that unless stores deliver ‘significant falls’ over the next 12 months, they could either be banned outright from giving out single-use bags or be legally required to charge customers for them.

The Prime Minister says it is ‘unacceptable’ that the number of single-use carrier bags rose last year by 333 million – a 5 per cent increase from the previous year. Environmental campaigners say the bags, used for only 20 minutes on average, take up to 1,000 years to degrade.

Yeah, you tell us Dave. Never mind that pesky imminent economic collapse nonsense; never mind the fascistic EU superstate your chancellor is encouraging the Germans to impose on us; never mind Sovereign Debt crises and the imploding Euro and riotous, soon-to-be military dictatorship Greece and the growing tension between Israel and Turkey and Putin’s muscle-flexing and the coming Islamist Winter and the destruction of the British countryside by wind farms and rising energy prices and the fact that British high earners (more mobile than the rest of us) are now among the most highly taxed in the world and that you have no strategy for growth and we’re set for the fourth "freak" winter in succession and we’ll soon be facing brown-outs thanks partly to Chris Huhne’s suicidal energy policies.

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