That should boost the economy. Good old Eric Pickles finding £250 million. This is urgent. We’ve got to get the nation shopping again and how can they shop with confidence and energy when they’ve got no way of throwing away rubbish once a week?

I’m pleased to see a sense of urgency about this. If people get out of the habit of shopping they may realise they prefer going to the park, going for a cycle ride or taking a stroll along the canal. That’s awful because then they’re not spending money and GDP won’t grow and we’ll never get out of recession. Hurrah for weekly bin collections.

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