So Councils in England are to be given the power to introduce pilot schemes to charge households according to the amount of rubbish they throw away.

How stupid are they? At least the Conservatives can see the tiny flaw in the plan: it was bollocks:

“The shadow communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “What we should be doing is increasing recycling. We can do that without doing it through a bin tax.” The scheme would lead to a surge in fly-tipping, people dumping their waste in neighbours’ gardens and more back garden bonfires, he said.”

Exactly. And don’t we pay Council Tax in the first place to pay for recycling schemes? Just because the money we pay gets wasted on focus groups and committees discussing committees shouldn’t mean they charge us even more.