A Lib Dem wonk has claimed credit for the plastic bag charge – saying all it took was agreeing more attacks on welfare.
Polly Mackenzie was a policy director for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg under the Tory-Liberal coalition government. On 19 April, she told Twitter:
“It is now so cool to ban plastic, it’s the government’s go-to policy to move the news on from a bad story. Worth reflecting on how far we’ve come in the last four years…
“Lib Dem ministers started agitating for a 5p charge on plastic bags. It took us months to persuade Cameron and Osborne.
“We finally got the policy in an eve-of-conference trade, in return for tightening benefit sanctions.”