It has been a strange week for plastic. It has been vilified and lauded almost in the same breath. Young Cleggy, otherwise known as Nick Clegg, has announced that a 5p plastic bag tax will be levied in England from 2016. I wonder how he came up with this great political wheeze? Could the fact that both Wales and Northern Ireland are already making the charge and that Scotland will be doing likewise from 2014 have had any bearing on the febrile mind of the member for Sheffield Hallam? No doubt he will point to this announcement with great pride at the next general election. It really does show what an important role Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems play in the coalition government.
Meanwhile that dear old lady of Threadneedle Street, the Bank of England ,has risked social obloquy by proposing that plastic banknotes be introduced. There is now to be a period of consultation with a final decision being made in December. We are being told that the new polymer notes will last longer and will prove to be more economical in the long term. And then there is the real clincher of an argument. You can leave them in your trouser pockets and give them a jolly good clean in the washing machine! I for one do not want a plastic, "Winnie," in my wallet come 2016.