Just like a bad sitcom National has its own token greenie, MP Nick Smith. Presumably because we are in the wake of Earth Hour, he’s announced a new token green policy proposal – bag tax.
I say token, because we all know where the money will go, into the pockets of the supermarkets; it doesn’t take a genius IQ to work out who it will hit most, those who cannot afford to shell out for a sufficient supply of re-usable eco bags and, as Whaleoil points out (like Earth Hour) this is just feel good enviromentalism, it actually isn’t likely to make an impact.
So why then is National allowing this rubbish into our wallets?
UPDATE: It appears they are not!
Mr Key said there was no way he was going to support a charge that was in effect a tax going into the coffers of supermarkets. “My preference is to find a voluntary and industry-led solution,” he said.”I’ve made that very clear to the minister.”
Asked whether he would preferred to have known in advance about both issues, he replied: “I think it would be more useful if I found out about things before I read about them in the newspaper.
Sounds like Nick won’t be getting any new lines for a while.
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