Ketch yerseils on!
Plastic Bag Tax
A plastic bag tax has recently been imposed in England. It means you have to pay 5p (about 7c) for a plastic bag if you need one to carry your purchases home. People are complaining about paying 5p, they are stealing wire baskets and trolleys from supermarkets to carry their purchases home and security staff in supermarkets are chasing after customers who are carrying their purchases in the wire baskets.
Why the Tax?
Plastic bags usually only get used once and then end up in landfill. They get blown about by the wind and form a ragged decoration on trees and hedges. They get blown into fields and eaten by cattle, who die They are produced from oil. For all these reasons, the government is trying to reduce the use of plastic bags. Adding a tax on the use of single use plastic bags (the proceeds of which are used for environmental projects) is a way of reducing their use.
Applies to Northern Ireland
We have had this tax in Northern Ireland for several years (and so has Wales). I don't recall any of the silly shenanigans or complaints here when it was introduced. Maybe because it was introduced even earlier in the Republic of Ireland, so people here in the north were used to the thought of it.
Carry a Reusable Bag
Just carry your own reusable bag when you go shopping. What's so difficult about that? Or perhaps you would like a little cheese with that whine?
The title, Ketch yerseils on! is how the words would sound if spoken by a Northern Ireland person - it is "Catch yourselves On"! It means, "don't be silly"
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