So, poverty during lockdown:

‘Eat out to help out’: a forlorn dream for those struggling to feed a family
The government is spending about £500m to pay people to go to restaurants, while families in poverty get next to nothing

OK. From the report:

In our study, we found that everyday budgeting
practices that low income families previously employed suddenly became inaccessible or
impractical. For instance, shopping in multiple supermarkets for reduced items or the
cheapest prices was no longer feasible

And in response, the government has banned BOGOFs and promotions on certain foods. Cheered on by The Guardian, the paper bringing us these stories of poverty, of course.

16 thoughts on “BOGOFS”

  1. Also a large proportion of low income families get their income from working in catering. Putting cafes and restaurants out of business won’t help them.

  2. The Guardian would probably have been Marie Antoinette’s favourite newspaper. “We can’t have The Poor eating low quality calories, they must eat fair trade tofu.”

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    The poor are too fat? We need to ban cheap food. The poor are hungry? We need higher taxes.

    The great thing is that we always know what the Guardian and BBC are going to say – the system is broken and we, the sort of people who read this, need to pay more.

    If only we had a Conservative government that knew when to shut the f**k up and leave well alone.

  4. “The government is spending about £500m to pay people to go to restaurants…”

    Why is the government propping up one sector? Why not pay people to go to camera shops or amusement arcades?

    Why is the government using my money to pay people to eat McDonalds whilst using my money to build cycle lanes that push my revenue-raising car off the streets?

    Why am I not going to bother voting Conservative at the next election?

  5. OT, but more Guardian fun from infamous TERF columnist Suzanne Moore:-

    If we can’t define what a woman is, how can we organise politically?
    Suzanne Moore

    I respect everyone’s pronouns – and I ask others to respect the language that defines my life.

    ‘What is a woman?” This was the question asked of the Lib Dem leadership hopeful Layla Moran late last month, on the radio programme Political Thinking with Nick Robinson. “You talked of giving straight answers to straight questions,” said Robinson. “Here’s a nice one for you, philosophical: what is a woman?”

    There was a pause, before an answer that probably wasn’t as direct as Robinson had hoped. “Well,” said Moran, “a woman is a gender, it is a way to self-identify and there are lots of genders. There is male and that is biological. There is female, which is also biological. A woman is a gender identity which is more akin to being a man. Those are the opposites and then there is also non-binary, which is people who don’t identify with either.”

    This seemed confusing to me. So being a man is akin to being a woman? How does that work? I asked the same question on Twitter – what is a woman? – and Naomi Wolf, no less, the author of The Beauty Myth and Vagina: A New Biography, answered that a woman is anyone who wants to be one. It is a personal choice. “Many men and trans people have thanked me for The Beauty Myth,” she wrote. “I didn’t write it only for readers born with uteri.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/03/define-what-a-woman-is-organise-politically-suzanne-moore

  6. @BF

    The only reason the Almighty hasn’t yet sent another flood so that He* can start over is because He’s helpless with laughter.

    (*Apologies for my aggressive pronouns. )

  7. She thinks a drink, a snack and a sandwich from a supermarket is a treat.

    She also decries the free school lunch box as follows:-

    “I don’t believe in junk food, but what have we got? Popcorn and crisps … Two little cakes … Yoghurts, six yoghurts. I think these are all full of sugar.”

    The boxes Corley received were often filled with unhealthy produce, leaving a single parent on universal credit with little choice but to feed her children what was inside or risk them going without.

    Yet a few paragraphs down:-
    “We spend so much more on electricity, food, gas, as we are at home most of the time”.

    The guardian writer and her interviewee appear well matched.

  8. “..shopping in multiple supermarkets for reduced items or the
    cheapest prices was no longer feasible.”

    Why isn’t it feasible? I’ve noticed in the last few months that the reduced items sections are pretty full. Admittedly, a lot of it is their new vegan range, but even so…

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    BarveFart,

    From Twitter:

    “CNN calls someone who raped a sleeping child with their penis a ‘female’ but calls women ‘individuals with a cervix'”

  10. The butchers and petrol station does not have a massive variety – prices area lot higher and smaller quantities so our budget which was over stretched before is not even enough to last a week.”

    Is ‘butchers’ a special name for something not a butcher’s shop over there? Because I don’t see how a carniceria (what we call it down the way) can survive on its own if it offers lower variety and higher prices.

  11. Mr Womby
    August 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    @BF

    The only reason the Almighty hasn’t yet sent another flood so that He* can start over is because He’s helpless with laughter.

    (*Apologies for my aggressive pronouns. )

    I think its more that he sees its all gotten fucked up twice and he’s gone off on to another project – second creation, this time resting on the *6th* day.

  12. @SMFS

    If only we had a Conservative government that knew when to shut the f**k up and leave well alone

    FTFY

    @BraveFart
    Layla Moran: the man beating dyke

    @jgh August 4, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    My MacDonald’s breakfast cost just £2.45 today

    £2.45 would buy 6 pints of milk and two packets of cornflakes – more than a weeks breakfast for family of four

  13. Watching Blojob is like watching some loon lay out a table of bizarre instruments by means of which he intends to commit suicide.

    Demolishing “infected” buildings almost sounds like he is trying to join in this blogs on/off game of “nuke it from orbit/it the only way to be sure”.

    Beirut=test run? That was a spectacular blast if a tad underpowered for it appearance.

  14. Only in the UK can we simultaneously have a campaign to stop the obesity epidemic in children and a campaign to provide free meals to stop the malnutrition epidemic in children….

    Old vid on YouTube of Romford Market circa 1976 = Grocer selling cucumbers at 20p each. In todays money = £1.45. Cost of cucumber in Lidl = 45p.
    I really don’t know how people can afford to feed themselves these days, what with the cost of food…….

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