Is it poor to ask such questions?

Bill Oldfield

Jamie Oliver hit the nail on the head. He recently suggested that poor people spent too much on food and ate badly and that often “the poorest families in this country choose the most expensive way to hydrate and feed their families”.

If ever there’s a red rag to a bull, it’s criticising the poorer members of society. Since his comments, webland and newspaper letters pages have been inundated by correspondents defending the poor, saying it’s not their fault and suggesting that this is some political move. However, Jamie’s comments were an astute observation rather than an attack on the poor and they did raise some very relevant questions.

Why is it more likely that someone with an Aga will cook from first principles with fresh ingredients than someone without? Why are subsidised cookery courses so well attended by people with above average wealth? Why don’t you see that many…

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