Liberal Elite whinging

Judy Callingham is having a new year’s whinge. Yesterday she took an article about liberal elite foodstuffs (organic, free range, fairtrade, yadayadayada) and conflated that to a problem of the poor not bothering to feed their kids. Finishing off the entire post with another whinge demanding that someone do “something”.

Whenever Judy Callingham or Brian Edwards whinge about something it is usually because they think that someone else should pay or fix the problem. In this case she presents no solutions only demands for action….again which in their world of the Ponsonby liberal Elite usually means taxing someone.

However complaining about the price of organic, free-range, fair-trade, ethically grown food and the fact poor people can’t afford it  is that it is like complaining about housing affordability based on a survey of property prices in Paritai Drive. Next thing he will write a blog post about the horrific costs of transport for the poor based on the average price of cars on Coutts or Continental Cars lots. Worse, an epistle to the NZ Herald about the outrageous costs of public transport based on the fare for the Orient Express.

Judy Callingham is simply taking her Ponsonby liberal elite tainted world view and using it to tut-tutt the rest of us into a guilt trip. Well I’ll be having none of that.

Is Judy Callingham

  • a Liberal Elite whinger? (52%, 213 Votes)
  • well past it? (23%, 92 Votes)
  • a finger wagging hand-wringer? (21%, 84 Votes)
  • spot on that poor people deserve free range food too? (4%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 406

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  • Anonymous

    I would have voted for all of the first three options if I could.

  • Anonymous

    Spot on Whale , every  person that I know that claims to have a “social conscience” is a useless cunt  that thinks ,someone else “should do something”.

  • BevanJS

    organic and free range foods are cheaper than chips – plant a garden and share any excesses with friends and family when you have them. Not rocket science by a stretch and was done by many a few decades back.

    • Yip, I do that already to supplement the diet at home
      The wife had just made 4 large jars from our Boysenberry Vine that I had on my toast this morning and boy was that jam YUM YUM YUM

    • YNFEM

      Exactly! I am a poor student but still manage to buy some free range products as they are usually only about $2 dearer than the normal products, and I judge that cost to be worth knowing that I’m not financing animal torture! 

      However if I ever didn’t want to buy free range produce then there are still some extremely cheap and healthy options out there if you choose to remove the potato chips from the shopping trolley and replace them with some frozen veges. 

  • Tim

    Another attack on farming & farmers which I fear the urban liberal “elite” will only intensify these attacks in the next two years. It’s another reason on the go side of my “Should I stay or Should I go” list. If it hasn’t balanced up by June 30, I’ll take my chances over the Tasman.

  • Ploughman

    Remember MRP Judy? 
      I am old enough to remember the gross market distortions introduced by the Kirk government (who really showed how to cock up a country and,  through the massive voter reaction to their gross incompetence allowed Muldoon to gain power) when they introduced the Maximum Retail Price system – MRP.  All retail goods had to carry a label indicating their MRP.  Surprise, surprise, all retail goods were priced at their MRP!   Competition, the best friend of the poor, went out the window and the cost of living shot up.There must be a lesson there for Labourites, though they show little sign of having learned it. Organic farming is at least 20% less efficient at food raising than scientific  farming – because of nutrient deficiencies, pests and weeds.  Also, In blind tasting trials normal produce is held to taste better than organic, because there are no nutrient deficiencies as in organic.  Organic produce may also be infested with toxic pests, such as fungi, so is generally less safe.  Perhaps it is a blessing that the poor have to eat properly gown,healthy, safe, cheap, scientific produce.

  • starboard

    The old boiler do-gooder should just bow out gracefully. I remember her when she was a presenter on Fair Go about 300 years ago…always stickin her nose in everybodies business.
    Nowdays her role would be pushing Brian around in his wheelchair  , stopping occasionally to wipe the dribble coming out of his mouth…and arse.

  • Gazzaw

    Callingham & Edwards didn’t seem to have too many scruples about serving up roast caged chook & baked sowcrate-reared ham at the City Mission Xmas lunch so that they could feel good and have their photos splattered across the media.

    Having worked at a budgeting service the basis of many low income families’ budgets are 30xegg trays at $6, Mad Butchers cheapest chicken & the cheapest veges & cheese that they can buy.  

    No one needs organic food – it’s a middle class luxury. If Callingham & Edwards want to indulge themselves then so be it but if they really do have a social conscience then they could eat like the low income families and donate the remainder of their food budget to the City Mission.

    Hypocrisy!  

  • Paulus

    Who paid Callingham for the article.
    She and her Husband do nothing for nothing.

  • Anonymous

    First of all the whole free range, organic thing is a giant scam. Second of all there was nothing in Judy’s article that could not be fixed by the parents taking responsibility for their children and their upbringing. Breakfast for the family need cost no more than $10 per week, I call bullshit on anyone who says they send their kids to school hungry cause they can’t afford it.

    • Gazzaw

      Totally agree Hagues. Ask yourself what’s the best option for giving your family the basis of a decent breakfast for a week. A $6 tray of 30 eggs or a $6 half-dozen of freerange eggs.  Sure, its not a pretty sight to see a shedful of chooks but that’s life FFS. I’ll bet a dollar to a knob of goatshit that Callingham & Edwards don’t give a second thought about filling their gobs with fish that have choked their lives out on a longline or beef that has come from beasts traumatised in the holding yards before having a bolt fired though their brains.  

  • Steve and Monique.

    My God, now we are being critiqued by a couple of overpaid halfwits! First, the average working person is being blamed for parents sending their kids to school hungry, if that happens, there is a serious problem in that family unit and they need to perhaps think BEFORE producing children they can’t afford, now we are being told that they can’t afford free range – FUCK ME.  I’m with Bevan, I have a vege garden and have planted fruit vines also, if you’re doing nothing but sitting on your arse and expecting people to pay for you, then you should have time to tend a garden. Who knows, you might like the whole self sufficiency thing and decide to continue it into the workforce. I think these two twats are just moaning for moanings sake as there is not much happening. Hey, if you two dumb asses are reading this, go do a big old shop for the food bank, i’m sure they don’t give a shit if it is free range of otherwise. Food is food and charity is charity, they would be grateful for ANYTHING. Go take your Ponsonby toss off attitude and upper class snobbery and do something useful beisdes pissing the rest of us off. I will never feel guilty about working my arse off to get a decent wage, unlike yourselves. If you like, you could plant a community garden in South Auckland, you have enough fertiliser coming out of your mouths so it should be a bumper crop!

  • Bones

    I’m working in India at the mo.  And there is no free lunch over here – you work or you starve.  It really gets up my nose when people feel thier own views are more imporant than anyone elses and want to impose thier view on all of us.  Let the free market deside.  I can afford free range eggs, and I generally buy them. But it wasn’t long ago when every penny counted and I would buy cage eggs – my choice!.  I hate it when choice is taken away from us by people who think they know better. Thier view is more important, they are better informed, they wrap it up in so many ways, but the bottom line is they feel we are too stupid to make a reasoned choice. Typical elitist.   

  • Bones

    I’m working in India at the mo.  And there is no free lunch over here – you work or you starve.  It really gets up my nose when people feel thier own views are more imporant than anyone elses and want to impose thier view on all of us.  Let the free market deside.  I can afford free range eggs, and I generally buy them. But it wasn’t long ago when every penny counted and I would buy cage eggs – my choice!.  I hate it when choice is taken away from us by people who think they know better. Thier view is more important, they are better informed, they wrap it up in so many ways, but the bottom line is they feel we are too stupid to make a reasoned choice. Typical elitist.   

  • Kosh103

    if you are worried about price, just buy the cheapest product. Simple as that.

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