As if the amount of money raised through Council Tax wasn't enough already, the Labour MP, David Crausby has tabled a motion calling on the Government to introduce a tax on chewing gum. The motion states,
That this House notes the disgusting mess that discarded chewing gum makes of streets in the UK; further notes the financial burden this blight has on local authorities; and calls on the Government to introduce a levy on every pack of chewing gum sold with the revenue being given to local authorities in order to cover the cost of cleaning up this unsightly mess.He's only got two signatures so far, no Tories in there. Next they will calling for public warnings taking up two thirds of the chewing gum packet saying how nasty it is! Unfortunately for Crausby even cleaning up the chewing gum probably wouldn't make Bolton (his constituency) look any nicer.. after all it's north of Watford which makes it a borderline developing nation right?*
* "Top Tory slates northern town" would be my preferred headline on Lib Dem and Labour blogs please. Along with how I'm out of touch and probably torture small animals.