Friday, January 11, 2008

Those evil, all-powerful common folk

I love it. In Australia, it's apparently an insult when someone says you're a populist.

When Environment Minister Peter Garrett (yes, the former lead singer of Midnight Oil) proposed a nationwide ban on disposable plastic shopping bags, the response of Richard Evans, chief executive of the Australian Retailers Association, was, "This is populist politics at its worst."

In America, the retailers squawk about heavy-handed government trying to squash the common folk by not allowing them to stuff their trash cans and catch-all drawers with once-used plastic bags. In Australia, it's "heavy-handed populist politics." Apparently retailers there feel no need to disguise their disdain for the common folk.

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