Junk the Junk Mail

Matthew Steeples suggests that instead of banning people from enjoying themselves, the government should do something useful and ban a genuine disease spreader: Junk mail

Tonight, our totally inept government sends London into a tier two lockdown that will preposterously allow citizens to meet people from other households in a garden but not indoors.

 

Aside from the fact that that seems as likely to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus as closing restaurants at 9.59pm instead of 10.59pm, the government’s “do this but don’t do this actually” approach has not only been poorly communicated, but will also do nothing but further damage our car wreck of an economy.

 

One thing, however, that would be useful at this time would be a ban on the blight that is distribution of junk mail. This morning my household, just as would any other in my neighbourhood, received three items of such through my door promoting a building firm, a taxi service and a pizza delivery.

 

Given that the three people delivering these three items no doubt touched the doors and letterboxes of hundreds of houses on their rounds as well as each leaflet individually, one can sensibly suggest that the risk of contamination if one of them were a disease carrier to be immense.

 

If the coronavirus crackpot Boris Johnson had an ounce of sense he’d immediately ban junk mail and its delivery. Not only would the nation and its letterboxes thank such, so would the trees depleted in its wasteful creation.

 

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In 2002, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimated that “direct mail and promotions” accounted for between 500,000 and 600,000 tonnes of paper in 2002, with just 13% being recycled.

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