BUTT SERIOUSLY.. BIN ’EM
If all 4.5 trillion cigarette butts dropped in the world each year were laid end to end, they would go round the Earth 2,852 times – or to Mars and back.
I doubt that statistic would have brought much comfort to Matt Damon’s astronaut when he was stranded on the Red Planet in galactic Robinson Crusoe movie The Martian.
But now nearly half of Britain’s local authorities are trying to reduce the number of fag ends that are thrown away carelessly. They add up to the globe’s worst plastic pollution. I’ve been fined twice by their litter police. That makes me a bad person – and I’m badder still for smoking, the one activity where declaring “I’m not a quitter” shows weakness, not strength.
Environmental cops lie in wait for the likes of me because we’re easy hits. They know that those most likely to litter the pavements are smokers discarding their butts.
But I’ve learned my lesson now. And I’m fully behind Keep Britain Tidy’s #BinTheButt campaign. Tory rebels Sam
Gyimah (left) and Alistair Burt suspected Boris Johnson’s dark-arts enthusiast Dominic Cummings was up to his old tricks when their Commons passes stopped working immediately after they had voted against the Government.
Cummings might be responsible for much foul play, including getting the two former ministers sacked as Tories, but this wasn’t one of them.
It was merely a technical glitch, which was quickly rectified.