I have never been a fan of Jamie Oliver, but I find I have developed a new found respect for him. Basically he is saying the poor in Britain are useless fools.
The funny thing is he was hired by the former Labour government. Bet they aren’t to pleased by how that has turned out.
Jamie Oliver has sparked a row after saying he found it hard to talk about modern day poverty when he came across British families living on junk food while spending money on expensive TV sets.
The celebrity chef, who was enlisted by the Labour Government to improve the quality of school meals, has now rounded on the British working class diet.
Oliver recalled being appalled by the diet of a British family who lived on a diet of junk food, but still had the money for consumer goods.
“You might remember that scene in Ministry Of Food, with the mum and the kid eating chips and cheese out of styrofoam containers, and behind them is a massive TV. It just didn’t weigh up,â€ť he said.
“The fascinating thing for me is that seven times out of 10, the poorest families in this country choose the most expensive way to hydrate and feed their families. The ready meals, the convenience foods.”
This was in stark contrast to other parts of the world â€“ such as Italy â€“ where economically deprived families still managed to enjoy a healthy diet.
“I meet people who say, ‘You don’t understand what it’s like.’ I just want to hug them and teleport them to the Sicilian street cleaner who has 25 mussels, 10 cherry tomatoes, and a packet of spaghetti for 60 pence, and knocks out the most amazing pasta,â€ť said Oliver, 38, whose own wealth is estimated at ÂŁ150 million.
â€śYou go to Italy or Spain and they eat well on not much money. We’ve missed out on that in Britain, somehow.” he said in an interview in the Radio Times.Â Read more »