Please bin the idea to charge shoppers 5c for every plastic shopping bag they use, Nick.
It’s bad politics and it’s not necessarily good for the environment.
The negative fall out from following the previous government’s example of wasting time and energy trying to explain the relatively small benefits isn’t worth it.
There are far more important issues to act on and far bigger environmental problems than plastic bags.
Far better to leave this one to businesses and individuals.
But if you choose to go down the resuable route yourself, I have just the bags for you:
(You can tell by their crumpled state I do use them).
Politically stupid and environmentally questionable it might be but The Visible Hand reckons it stacks up economically.
P.S. – I’m not against people paying the true cost, it’s the government intervening in this way which I object to.