Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 February 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.


War on plastic is the final straw for Queen

First it was the war on drugs and some would say it wasn’t won. Then the war on terror and it feels like that isn’t a win yet.

Now we have the war on plastic. It seems like we’re lowering our aim somewhat.

The BBC has said it plans to go plastic-free by 2020.

That’s less than two years away, which I can tell from my laminated desk calendar.

Oh dear, there’s a lot to do.

After their Blue Planet II programme made us realise the seas and oceans are getting filled with our rubbish people have thought we should do more.

They’re not the first to act. A few years ago Starbucks started asking for your name and writing it on your cup.

If that ends up in the sea everyone watching Blue Planet XI will see your name floating by and you’ll be publicly shamed.

The Queen recently banned plastic straws from all royal estates.

That’s a commendable move but how many plastic straws do the elite get through?

It’s a little like me giving up smoking for Lent.

Morally a good thing but seeing as I don’t smoke I don’t deserve a lot of praise.

Switching from plastic to tax-funded, gilt-edged silver straws isn’t something the rest of us can do.

The BBC will start by phasing out single-use cups, those thing plastic vessels you have by the water cooler.

So expect a lot more dry-mouth happening to their news readers, which should make it more fun to watch.

It’s hard to eradicate all plastic because these polymerised items are so useful.

Thanks to our new £5 and £10 notes even our money is made of plastic.

And they pay women 9pc less of that. So that’ll help. You’re welcome planet.


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