Everyone's favourite misanthrope Andrew Bolt had a little rant yesterday, about Borders bookstores daring to charge 10c for plastic carry bags.
The upshot was that Bolt stormed off in a huff after rudely refusing a bag, choosing to carry his books rather than, as he saw it, donate 10c to some goddamn hippy environmental group.
The delicious irony in this story, for those of us interested in such things, is that Mr Bolt has illustrated perfectly why a plastic bag levy is such a good idea.
It's not about the measly 10c. It's not about whether or not it's donated to an environmental group. It's not even really about the bag itself.
What the levy does, and what Mr Bolt has shown, is that it makes people stop and actually think about what they're doing.
Some will think "well, I'll just pay the 10c". Others will think "I'll pay the 10c but remember to bring my own bag next time".
Still others, like our Mr Bolt, will apparently think "screw you . . . I'll carry my own goddamn books and never shop here again."
All are valid responses. And that's the point: to get a response. To stop everybody blithely taking plastic bags just because they're offered.
The message is that if you don't need one, then don't use one.
Mr Bolt, you have have illustrated the point beautifully. Well done you.