… that get to us. Another public loo closed. The removal of that drinking fountain from the park, obliging mum to fork out a fiver on fizzy drinks for the kids at the privatised cafe by the boating lake. These thefts of the commons can inspire outrage more, by their very mundanity, than the big utility sell-offs or creeping marketisation of the NHS.
Likewise the environment. Earlier this month a NHS hearing specialist advised nightly olive oil in my left ear. Poundstretcher, she told me, sell the stuff in a droppered bottle. I couldn’t find it. But over the road, Boots were selling this 10ml bottle for £5.99.
£599 per litre? Well I do like the spray action. Maybe when it’s empty I can refill with something from Lidl? I look more closely at the bottle’s construction.
Nope. The whole thing is a sealed unit. Breach it and the spray action is kaput. Price aside, once the contents are used up, bottle and fancy squirter will join millions more in our landfill sites.
Not to worry though. Boots have a great Environmental Policy.