Poor people are useless

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,” 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 – such as Italy – 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,” said Oliver, 38, whose own wealth is estimated at £150 million.

“You 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. 

Of course the usual suspects are outraged….missing the point Jamie Oliver was actually making.

But his remarks were challenged by the Child Poverty Action Group’s head of policy, Imran Hussein.

“As official statistics show, parents of poor children are much less likely to be able to afford fresh fruit for their children. We also know from the evidence that as the incomes of poor families rise, they spend more on things like healthy food and children’s clothes.

“The huge hits many working and non-working families are taking in their incomes as a result of cuts in tax credits and benefits are very real, as is the resulting huge growth in demand for food banks.

”The Government’s child poverty strategy is seriously adrift and urgently needs rethinking.”

Mr Hussein added: “Jamie Oliver has made a huge contribution to improving school meals and we’re grateful for the support his foundation has given us in our work on free school meals.

“He is right to say that healthy food doesn’t always have to be expensive – one of CPAG’s ambassadors, the food blogger Jack Monroe, is an excellent example of this – but for many families it’s low income which gets in the way of healthy eating.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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