You have to laugh at the hypocrisy and idiocy of our rulers. What Mrs Paine and I don't understand is why it's better for retailers to charge for plastic bags than to provide paper ones, like those wicked un-Green Americans that the Left so hate? Will all retailers who introduce charges for plastic bags reduce the prices on their goods so as to achieve the same net cost to their customers? If not, what is so virtuous about them increasing profits on a moral pretext? Are they not simply emulating those governments who find global warming a very convenient "truth" when it comes to raising taxes?