Shoppers will have to pay 5p for a plastic bag from October next year in a bid to cut litter and reduce damage to the environment. The levy, announced in the Queen's speech, is expected to significantly reduce the 7 billion carrier bags handed out by Britain's supermarkets every year. However, small retailers will be exempted from the charge to help reduce burdens on start-up and growing businesses. The Queen said in her speech: "My government will... reduce the use of plastic carrier bags to help protect the environment." Read more >>
The cartoon by Steve Bell from The Guardian shows the Queen reading the Queen's Speech in Parliament while holding up a plastic Tesco bag full of dog poo. A corgi - no doubt responsible for the poo - looks up at her, while husband Prince Philip sits on her left.
The joke is that some dog owners use supermarket plastic bags to collect their dog poo — and the Queen has several corgis.