“Ask and you shall receive” says Cactus, as Key Sticks A Bag On Nick Smith's Head: “Mr Key said there was no way he was going to support a charge t[on plastic bags] that was in effect a tax going into the coffers of supermarkets.”
Albeit this is a bag that is still open: "My preference is to find a voluntary and industry-led solution," says John Boy – which is hardly the primary objection to Nick’s nannying; nor is it the most fundamental objection that the bag tax would go to help supermarkets’ bottom lines. It would be no less iniquitous if it were going to pay for minister’s trips overseas [on which more here].
Nonetheless, I join in Cactus’s call that someone else, anyone else, should now be given the environment, RMA and climate change posts. “No more namby pamby Ministers. Nick Smith can go and hug a tree with women sporting houstaches.”