Bin this tax
OUR wallets are empty enough without being hammered by new eco bills.
We don’t mean green levies on energy. They should have been ditched already.
We now learn food firms will next year have to pay for every bit of packaging they recycle.
That is bound to be passed on to shoppers at up to £60 a year each.
It is now feared that our economy will plunge into recession late this year with inflation hitting a staggering 15 per cent.
Most pay rises will be a fraction of that.
Mortgages are climbing too, with the biggest Bank of England rate rise in 27 years likely today.
By October gas bills alone will have doubled in a year.
More and more families may spend all their savings just making ends meet.
No sane new Prime Minister should add a penny to that burden.
Frivolous taxes on supermarkets’ recycling must go in the bin.
Pray for Archie
MOST parents would fight with every fibre of their being to maintain a last glimmer of hope for their stricken child.
So we can only admire Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee for their long, gruelling battle to save 12-year-old Archie.
The trauma — first of his accident, then of spending months fighting legal cases to prevent his life-support being turned off — is unimaginable.
Blame should not be attached to the hospital, NHS staff, or judges.
They are far from uncaring. They believe Archie is too brain-damaged to recover.
His parents do not and cite medics abroad willing to help.
Archie will need a miracle.
We cannot fault his parents for holding out for one.
EMBOLDENED by Putin, China’s President Xi is clearly itching for an invasion to make his own wretched mark on history.
He must not take Taiwan. America and the West are right to stand behind it.
Some say US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reckless to visit Taipei.
But she could hardly turn round and retreat once China threatened her.
Xi should learn from Putin. Russia has made minimal progress in Ukraine at vast cost while becoming a pariah state.
China cannot surely want the same fate.
BLACKOUTS this winter would be a disaster on an unprecedented scale.
Power cuts in the 1970s turned off the lights, heat and three TV channels.
Imagine them in a modern, connected country run by computers and smartphones.
The Government must secure enough energy to withstand more Russian action and a Europe-wide scramble for Norwegian gas this winter . . . especially if it’s a harsh one without much wind.
What is it doing to ensure it?