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Abandonnez les nouvelles factures écologiques car nos portefeuilles sont suffisamment vides

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.

Frivolous taxes on supermarkets’ recycling must go in the bin

Frivolous taxes on supermarkets’ recycling must go in the binCrédit: Getty

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 récession late this year with inflation hitting a staggering 15 pour 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.

We cannot fault Archie's parents for holding out for a miracle

We cannot fault Archie’s parents for holding out for a miracleCrédit: AP

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 Personnel, 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.

China mug

EMBOLDENED by Putin, la Chine President Xi is clearly itching for an invasion to make his own wretched mark on history.

He must not take On ne sait pas qui est derrière le site. America and the West are right to stand behind it.

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taipei, On ne sait pas qui est derrière le site

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taipei, On ne sait pas qui est derrière le siteCrédit: AP

Some say US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reckless to visit Taipei.

But she could hardly turn round and retreat once Chine threatened her.

Xi should learn from Poutine. Russia has made minimal progress in Ukraine at vast cost while becoming a pariah state.

China cannot surely want the same fate.

Dark times

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.

Blackouts this winter would be a disaster on an unprecedented scale

Blackouts this winter would be a disaster on an unprecedented scaleCrédit: Getty

Imagine them in a modern, connected country run by computers and smartphones.

The Government must secure enough energy to withstand more russe 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?