A GENERATION who were robbed of deliciously unhealthy school meals by Jamie Oliver have told him that what goes around comes around.
Anyone who attended school in the 00s, when the chef’s campaign for healthy school meals deprived them of food that not only tasted great but was exotically shaped, believes the collapse of his restaurant group to be a balancing of the cosmic scales.
Carolyn Ryan of Doncaster said: “He’s lost millions. But I lost one of the only things that made my schooldays bearable, so I still say it was worse for me.
“It wasn’t just the Twizzlers. They stopped our nuggets, our pies, our endless chips. Just because some fat-tongued twat decided he needed a new angle for his TV shows.
When did it all start? The Guardian in March 2005:
Turkey Twizzlers, the infamous fast-food product loathed by nutritionists and loved by children, are to be banned by one of the largest companies supplying school lunches. The move follows a campaign by chef Jamie Oliver to take the food off school menus…
They contain 34 per cent turkey and are bulked up with water, pork fat, rusk and coating, as well as a range of additives and flavourings.
Back in 2005 is when other people were campaigning to ban smoking in pubs, also because it was “unhealthy.” A year later the Jamie Olivers in Parliament voted to do exactly that.
I have a memory of seeing something like Turkey Twizzlers being spewed out of some machine, demonstrated by someone who may well have been Jamie Oliver. It looked perfectly disgusting. But if they were 34% turkey, plus pork fat and rusk, it sounds to me like they were actually highly nutritious. And perhaps that’s why kids liked them.
More or less anything can be made to look disgusting. Baking cakes could be made to look disgusting. My mother used to mix up flour and egg and sugar and baking powder into a paste which looked just like the Turkey Twizzler mix. And her cakes didn’t even contain any turkey.
I think that “unhealthy” really means “doesn’t look very nice.” It’s just an aesthetic judgment masquerading as fact. And it’s the same with tobacco and smoking: the antismokers simply don’t like them.
But the Jamie Olivers of the world have to go further. They have to then go and ban whatever they don’t like. Turkey Twizzlers, nuggets, chips. And of course smoking. And now “hate speech.” What’s “hate speech”? It’s speech that somebody somewhere hates, and wants to ban.
It’s the Jamie Olivers of the world who hate Donald Trump, and want him impeached and removed from office. There’s no reason for it. There’s nothing that Donald Trump has done to merit the hatred some people feel for him. It’s just that they simply don’t like people like him. They don’t like rich men from Queens with orange comb-overs and gold fittings. It’s an aesthetic judgment. It’s the contempt of one class for another. It’s pure snobbery.
Reading about the French Revolution yesterday, I came across the sans culottes:
The name sans-culottes refers to their clothing, and through that to their lower-class status: culottes were the fashionable silk knee-breeches of the 18th-century nobilityand bourgeoisie, and the working class sans-culottes wore pantaloons, or trousers, instead.
As ever it was all about appearances. And it still is today with the Gilets Jaunes. Clothes and foods and customs all come with associations, and with prejudices. The French aristocracy had contempt for the sans-culottes, and the sans-culottes had equal contempt for the aristos.
And now the new aristocracies of the EU have the same contempt for the ordinary peoples of Europe as the French aristocracy had for the ordinary people of France.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker says that people who love their countries are “stupid”.
“These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries,” Juncker told CNN
And it’s coming back to bite them.
Brendan O’Neill talking about condescension and snobbery: