Why widescreen TVs tell us nothing about a family’s food budget – a few basic sums for Jamie Oliver

This post was written by Reuben on August 28, 2013
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It would seem that many a think-tank has been wasting its time, now that St Jamie of Oliver has discovered a new, and speedy, method for measuring poverty. He finds it hard, he says, to “talk about modern day poverty”, before reminding us of a family on one of his shows “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.

Well actually, Jamie, it does. If he bothered to do a few sums, the gourmet chef would quickly discover that he is excreting orally, and the two things are barely related. These days you can pick up a 40 inch TV from Tescos for £340. That sounds like a lot except, unlike food, which you eat every day, the average TV is replaced just once every six years. Over that time period, a household of four will eat 17520 individual breakfasts and and dinners. Taking away free school meals, the household will also consume 6360 lunches. This makes a grand total of 23,880 meals. If this household had not bought it’s widescreen TV, it would indeed be able to spend more money on food – to be precise, they could spend an extra 1.4 pence per person per meal, an amount more commonly known as “fuck all”.

Stick to what you’re good at Jamie.

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Also check out “Has there ever been a bigger prick than Jamie Fucking Oliver?” by Johnny Void.

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