Tory MP Lee Anderson’s disrespectful comment that food banks are largely redundant is a reminder of a modern phenomenon in which the party insults or patronizes the people she hopes will vote for them (Tory MP blames food poverty on lack of cooking skills, 11). May) . This sort of thing generally didn’t happen in the pre-Thatcher period.
After Thatcher’s election, Norman Tebbit told us to get on our bikes; Norman Lamont told us that a degree of unemployment was necessary to keep inflation low; Michael Portillo told us we had no respect for authority (we proved it in the next election by kicking him out of his safe seat); John Major told us we needed to get back to basics and family values (before it was discovered that several of his colleagues had gone back to basics with anyone other than their wives, including Major himself); and today’s party seems perilous to Major’s last days. Expect Boris Johnson’s version of the traffic cone hotline.
Over 30 years ago, when I was the chef/owner of a small hotel in Somerset, I was asked to help prepare lunch for a local volunteer run day center for retirees. Our budget then (1990-91) was 50 pence per person per lunch. I managed to deliver a shepherd’s pie, veggies and an apple crumble for the necessary 50p, but only by leaning on my regular meat and veggie suppliers for a discount. How Lee Anderson thinks he can make a meal for 30 cents in 2022 is beyond me. Horrible anyone?
Ottery St Mary, Devon
Could Lee Anderson please provide a recipe that yields a meal for 30 pence, starting with an empty cupboard and stating the cost of each ingredient? If unfamiliar with shopping, eggs are about 11p each, a pint of milk is 30p.
Heat is used when cooking food. If you can’t afford heat, you can’t cook, no matter how good your culinary or budgeting skills are. Food banks report that users are refusing potatoes because they cannot afford the gas or electricity to cook them.
Jane M card
Had the Tories not removed all practical life skills such as cooking and home economics from the school curriculum, there would be some justification for Lee Anderson’s comments.
Lee Anderson’s comment made it perfectly clear to me: The Tories have the right policies, only the UK has the wrong kind of poor people.
David G Cantrell
I like cooking shows on TV. Imagine how happy I was when I heard someone came up with this idea: Lee Anderson cooks healthy meals for just 30 cents. First episode: desserts, with Eton mess and cupboard (thick) pudding.