Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nag, scold and discipline … in that order

Buried within thousands of pages of both public and internal department documents and the vagaries of employee assignments and contracts, it would be quite impossible to calculate the amount that taxpayers pay each year to have the City of London nag and scold them. But the daily occurrence of ads like this in the London Free Press suggests not only a considerable sum but an explanation of the newspaper's superficial and uncritical coverage of City Hall.

After "casual discussions" last year among some Councillors about banning or taxing plastic grocery bags, these ads could appear to be the opening salvo in a cheerful campaign to adjust or resign the population to later regulatory commands, a modest propriety often observed by Canadian politicians. Either municipal fashion will have the effect of forcing those Londoners who find all kinds of uses for their plastic bags to buy them at an artificially high price set by Council for its own benefits — either revenue in the case of taxes or the attraction of cheap useless gestures in the case of a ban. In the end, a ban on municipal advertising will save as many landfills as ridiculous regulations on the rest of us.

See also:

Giving the paper bag industry a boost
What about gas bags?
Bring your own shovel
Don't limit your past, limit your future instead
We need a "Gas Bag Free Day"




Jake said...

Gina Barber was along Richmond Row the other day demanding people get rid of their plastic bags. I wish I knew ahead of time so I could have gone there personally to tell her to fuck off.

This is just the start along the road to the banning of plastic bags. They are trying to slowly infiltrate the populace to abide by their collectivist ideology.

Let the indoctrination begin!

Doug said...

Cloth bags are fantastic. I bought several from the Superstore and now use them for everything. Really, what sacrifice is it to buy a 99 cent bag that you can reuse hundreds of times? Complaining for the sake of complaining?

command economy said...

If cloth bags work for you, that's great, and I mean it. But personally, I will continue to use plastic bags.

First, you need to bring cloth bags with you to wherever you're going to buy stuff. That is way too much trouble, especially for those of us who don't drive a car.

One day I might consider going cloth, but some important changes must happen first. One important step cloth bag promoters should consider taking is stopping with the talk of banning plastic bags. So long as there is talk out there of a ban, or other moralistic tut-tutting, I and many others will go out of our way to use and waste them. The seriousness attached by busybodies and troublemakers to such a trivial issue makes it fun and funny to do so, kind of like mooning an uptight bluenosed preacher.

Wasting bags is a small gesture, but one that costs nothing. It vexes busybodies who would like to see them banned. That is a service to mankind.