Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Jamie Oliver: Let Poor Eat Organic Mussels.

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As the Void aptly says, Jamie Oliver is the biggest prat on the British telly – a prize for which there is stiff competition.

He has just had a big whinge about people who buy “”The ready meals, the convenience foods” and said this,

He said he wanted to “hug” them and “teleport them to the Sicilian street cleaner who has 25 mussels, 10 cherry tomatoes, and a packet of spaghetti for 60 pence, and knocks out the most amazing pasta”

We would indeed love such a meal – for sixty pence.

In Liddle pasta alone costs 49 pence – Sainsbury’s costs (same product) 95 pence.

Jamie wants people to go to markets.

There is a market in Ipswich and it sells some very good cheap veg and fruit.

But it costs the poor nearly four quid to come from the suburbs by bus – and back -to shop there.

The mussels cost well over two quid a small portion – good stuff no doubt but out of our price range.

Jamie supports his mate Jimmy, who runs a farm just outside Ipswich.

It sells organic this, and organic that, and no doubt organic whatyoumecall it.

It is  to say the least not cheap.

Mind you I hear  they did some Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew,  there a few weeks back.

Jimmy’s Pre-Theatre Dinner, Drinks and Hampers.

Theatre in the Forest Pre-Theatre Dinner Menu

 Dinner will be served at 6.15pm prompt

 £17.50 per head for 2 Courses

 £9.50 for Children

Main Courses

Battered Haddock and Shoe String Fried, served with home-made Tartare sauce

 Slow Roasted Shoulder of Pork, served with garlic roasted new potatoes and braised fennel

Farm Hands Salad; a melée of feta, beetroot, couscous and roasted vegetables


Summer Berry Eton Mess

Lemon Posset and Homemade Shortbread

Pigsty Pudding

£17.50 – well that’s a hefty chunk out of our JSA.

That’s before you pay for the Theatre ticket.

Just when he’d offended the poor for eating er, poorly, Jamie Oliver now insults another group.

The celebrity chef said British youngsters were “wet” in comparison to their European counterparts, who were “stronger” and “tougher”.

His comments come just a day after he was criticised for remarks he made about the working class diet, citing families who bought large televisions instead of healthy food.

Daily Telegraph.


Written by Andrew Coates

August 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

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  1. Thanks to the food porn industry, perpetuated among the Toby’s and the Tamara’s of the land, we have this cult of TV chefs. Thanks to them the price of certain foods will be higher because of the status afforded by these idiots.

    Jamie Oliver talking about the inexperience of inexperienced people strikes me as thoroughly naive. How many other caterers and chefs are there that don’t get TV shows, book deals, and advertising gigs for supermarkets? Does he think that if they all worked as hard as whatever standard he’s pulled out of his arse they’d all get TV shows?

    Mind you, there’s more than enough of these tossers on telly as it is.

    ghost whistler

    August 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

  2. Reblogged this on A Riverside View and commented:
    I was going to blog something about Mr Oliver myself but this will do.

    Kevin Algar

    August 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

  3. We have a history with Jimmy’s Farm:
    Jimmy’s Farm Enters the Unemployment Business/Censored.
    December 21, 2011Andrew CoatesLeave a commentGo to comments
    From Channel Four.

    Subject: Channel 4 documentary series

    Channel Four has demanded that we take their part of this post down because it is confidential (it took them some 22 days for them to discover this).
    Always happy to bow to the censorship of the rich and powerful we have complied.


    Thank you for your interest.

    I doubt if many unemployed people in Ipswich regard Jimmy’s farm as ‘ethical’.

    It is a high-priced niche company that charges people to walk on its ‘Woodland trail’ (when there are plenty of public footpaths in more attractive sites nearby) and sells packets of maize for children to feed their own fowl at over a pound.

    In reality it’s not much of a rural farm, being only a few minutes drive from Ipswich.

    Apart from that anyone on JSA would, even if they wanted to, be hard pressed to afford its products.

    So, as for helping this exercise in self-publicising, we would say, no.

    Yours faithfully,

    Ipswich Unemployed Action


    Andrew Coates

    August 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  4. 25 mussels and 10 cherry tomatoes, the public would think we definitely got to much if they saw us eating that. In their eyes we should be eating a very small jar of fish paste so processed its actually fish free with a tin of plum tomatoes and happy shopper spaghetti priced at 29p (have no idea where my local happy shopper is let alone the prices, just making a point) a packet.


    August 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  5. Tesco’s Basic Pasta (500g) – 29p


    August 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm



      August 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm



        August 31, 2013 at 7:50 am

  6. Jaime Oliver should be “teleported” head first into a cess pit,plenty of hot air there to go with what is already filling his ignorant head. Only a few months ago he was whinging that he did not have a workfare slave.Presumably his wages would have been “hugs”,certainly not money,but of course he needs poor,unwaged people so he can insult and patronise them and get free publicity in the process.


    August 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  7. What’s for breakfast mum? MUSSELS!

    What’s for lunch mum? MUSSELS!

    What’s for tea mum? PASTA!

    …with mussels!

    ghost whistler

    August 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

    • If you live by the sea, you could always go cockle-picking! That worked out fine, didn’t it (!)

      If you are homeless, presumably you are cooking and eating the mussels immediately. It doesn’t say about cleaning the pollution off them. If you aren’t homeless, so many other things could go wrong, like food poisoning because the mussels went off as you took them back. Like not knowing how to clean, prepare and cook it properly. Like being in one of the groups ‘they recommend’ should not eat shellfish and certain other foods. Oh, a lot of those groups are common among the unemployed and poor. The pregnant, elderly, young, sick, those with weakened immunity.

      I live near a mussel bed. But the digging rights belong to an extraction company. And the closest that civilians can really get to it, there is a bit of the bed that’s not technically under the dredging firm’s supervision. And for good reason. It is right next to several raw sewage outfall pipes. So the mussels in that area are not fit for human consumption.

      I don’t get to test this stuff out as I’m vegetarian.

      something survived...

      August 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  8. Lumpenprole :
    Tesco’s Basic Pasta (500g) – 29p

    Cost of bus to get to tesco £7

    ghost whistler

    August 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

  9. Well they’ve travelled 1000s of miles because they cant feed their family, cant feed themselves so YES their determination would be stronger as they back home probably don’t have good welfare or healthcare.

    This said as ive trained and had on board trainees (18 to 24) and the majority are not well equipt for the working day but I feel its only because of how society has conditioned them.
    Kids spend hours indoors playing online instead of playing outside every chance they get and when they do it often centers on adult pastimes rather than constructive activities. We don’t allow our kids to work early to bump up their pocket money if they get any these days while still at school. If claimants can volunteer and or study at college part time while still looking for work, im sure a child could. Take the new xbox one coming out or out, the games are going to cost I hear £70 a pop yet you only get a slice of the game as you have to fork out for DLCs costing around £10 each and then theirs your fee for xbox live so add on an internet subscription aswell and the cost for playing a simple single game spirals out of control and grasp even for some parents to cover. Kids that are still at school are constantly telling me how they hate not being able to earn some money, how they want yet can only hope it comes along at birthdays and Christmas. Before I left school I was washing my dads cars for pocket money and working at waitrose at the weekend as a trainee then actual butcher.

    Kids want to be film stars and singers, etc as that’s what they have been told they COULD be yet after slaving over degrees and the likes emerge into a world in crisis where your now told forget the dream for now and fill shelves yet the longer you do it the less experienced you are perceived at your chosen career. When you do try for that desired position their told you don’t have experience yet stop short of explaining how exactly one gets around it.

    Then theirs NEETS, now if education isn’t to blame I don’t know what is.

    While society still doesn’t engage with its youth, they will not engage with you so Jamie needs to change the tone if he wants a better picture as the youths desire is as only good as their interest and their interest is as only good as the person installing it.

    Or in English

    Its not the job that puts your young UK staff off, its being in the same building as you Jaime that has done that and you should count yourself lucky their moms rang in as some youth would have just stabbed you, then who’d be ringing mummy ?


    August 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

  10. This wealthy, middle class idiot has a lot of history in this field

    It was only a few years ago that Oliver was peddling his ideology amongst the residents of Bradford. The resultant television series did not show how pissed off the people of Bradford were with Oliver, and boy, were they pissed off with him. He insulted and patronised every single participant who was coerced into taking part in his cooking classes. The same formula as his other shows was used, a round trip of the poor in their homes, cunning editing to make everyone look like they were ignorant and uneducated about everything, including food, the inclusion of one jolly and concerned stereotype grandmother as his general and as always a spattering of special events for “families” where they could see Jamie himself cook burgers outside in a park.

    He also set up a tacky coffee shop in the town where the grateful poor and ignorant could just pop in and learn to cook. I believe this was at least partially funded by Bradford Council. It closed after just a few months.

    Whilst the programme was running, one chap from Bradford, who could see what was happening set up a blog that documented the whole process and how poorly the people of Bradford viewed Oliver. I wish I’d book marked it. A quick google hasn’t brought it up. The contents were very enlightening.

    Has anyone else noticed that when he’s cooking for the middle class viewer his recipes are just awash with oils, sugar and butter? When he’s lecturing the poor here or in America – all fats are banned. ….just saying.

    Oliver is just a long line of greedy media darlings now jumping back on the “bash the poor” bandwagon because he can make some more money out if it.. He has about as much clue as to the reality of living in poverty in the UK as IDS.

    Of course, Oliver will make a huge amount of money from his new series and anyone who hasn’t already done so, will find his latest outburst the perfect tool to bash anyone who is poor or on benefits.

    I wish him, and his mate Jimmy, all the failure in the world.

    …..and that’s me being charitable.



    August 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

  11. Kill him, cook him feed him to Eric pickles. Waste not want not its a conservative virtue.


    August 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  12. Lucy, as you say, it’s irritating right to the bone.

    His mate Jimmy’s salad tells us all we need to know about this lot,

    “Farm Hands Salad; a melée of feta, beetroot, couscous and roasted vegetables”

    Now I can be an even bigger foodie than them.

    Feta (Greek) does not go with this lot, especially not couscous (North Africa), and beetroot (Northern European, including the UK) for a start.

    It is a poncy made-up dish.

    Mind I suppose at the price (£17.50) it’s cheap for that kind of stuff – at least what I read on the menus round here.

    I bet you didn’t get much.

    Andrew Coates

    August 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    • I agree Andrew, it sounds repulsive and even more disgusting for the price. A lot of his food doesn’t work and seems to be based around chucking stuff together with little thought to actual nutrition. One thing (of many) that particularly irritates me is the made-up-by-the-graphics department “artistic notebook” that is often used throughout his programmes, to pretend that not only can Jamie cook, but he doodles like Da Vinci all day long. Nigel Slater has the same thing going on in his unbearably pretentious “look at me I’m cooking leftovers and it’s oh so chique” programmes.

      Didn’t Jamie’s mate Jimmy go bankrupt on his first attempt at farming or was it some other foodie business? I seem to remember some ghastly programme where aspirational contestants got to run a small holding or Jimmie’s farm for a week and the winners, er, won it. It, being a business down the pan.

      Real farming is nothing to do with the clean, green wellies and intentionally distressed tweeds the likes of Jimmie and the cheese and bacon producing bloke from Blur play at. It’s now a thankless industry that’s been seriously walloped by the big supermarkets. The wages and working conditions are terrible (and soon they are about to be deregulated so will be even lower) Unemployment amongst farm workers is very high and subsidies have played their part over 40 years in generally buggering it up. I believe that the injury and death rate amongst farm labourers is only second to the construction industry.

      Real small farmers have been crushed throughout the UK. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his friends are not real farmers either, despite his erudite attempts at convincing us that they are just bursting with integrity. Working farms everywhere are being broken up at auction and sold off to plonkers as hobby small holdings. Councils who own farms, previously tenanted are doing the same. These clueless idiots who get a bargain on the small holding, buy a few goats/sheep/pigs/chickens, plant a few trees and create a few ponds to attract an eco-subsidy, all the while dreaming of selling their produce at a “farmers market” to their well off friends. The reality sinks in when they find they have to ship their livestock over a hundred miles for licenced slaughter at their own expense and as they haven’t haven’t followed the DEFRA regs on record keeping, parasite control, tagging etc, the livestock are rejected.

      …. pass me the Rennies.


      August 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      • Lucy my first job (17 years old) was in a plant nursery just outside of North London – I reverse commuted.

        It was rubbish pay then, even if it was regulated by the Agricultural Wages Board (now abolished).

        At present I have an allotment (a patch of the countryside near the town centre).

        I never watch Jamie.

        A few weeks ago, when my courgettes were ready, I mentioned the (usual) glut to people.

        Quite a few – who I’d thought had not the slightest knowledge of plants – asked me if I grew yellow ones (I do).

        Apparently, this is because Jamie has mentioned yellow courgettes.

        No idea about the bankruptcy incidentally.

        I thought he was an artful dodger….

        Andrew Coates

        August 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  13. But have you got stripy tomatoes? Oh dear, I forgot, they are so seven years ago (when I had an allotment – had to give it up due to hard core family carer duties)

    A couple of years ago, near me, a business that used to be a very good plant nursery that turned into a garden centre teetered on the verge of bankruptcy for a year. During that year (and by that time they had four or five other centres, which had previously done well) they managed to persuade their very low paid staff to work for 10% (I kid ye not) of their wages so that they could keep their jobs and the garden centres would stay open. The whole business went under. Some of those ex-staff are still waiting for the wages they were owed. At least one of the sites is still unoccupied.

    I manage to watch about 4 minutes of Jamie at a time, mainly because I have masochistic tendencies and one really good swearing session a week is cheaper than counselling. Mostly, I can get my swearing fix my seeing just the trailers.

    “artful dodger” that’s very polite!


    August 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  14. Why does ‘the Void’ get all the comments, as I type almost 800 for the Jamie fucking Oliver article compared intensiveactivity’s measly 18?

    Reed Pipe

    September 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    • There is a rumour that the Void has farmed out (on zero hour contracts) his comments section to a welfare to work company operating out in a Polynesian Island where Johnny stashes his millions.

      They only get a coconut for lunch if they write at least ten an hour.

      Andrew Coates

      September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

      • I’ve always wondered if there was any truth in the rumour that C!”t & Penis write comments for ‘The Void’.

        Rumour Monger

        September 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    • Seems like Johnny Void has gone all capitalist pig on us; what with the Johnny Void Ready Meal range and now Johnny Void’s “special” pasta sauce at £10 a jar!


      September 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

      • Johnny Void Vegan Brisket at £15 a throw!

        Andrew Coates

        September 4, 2013 at 10:13 am



    September 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

  16. I buy just few things, like bread, dried pasta or cakes from Jamie Olivier shop in Greenwich as I can’t stand the taste of those from local supermarkets. If you were going to eat bread from Asda, Tesco or Sainsbury you may as well eat my own shit, I don’t think you’d taste the difference. If you buy Tesco pasta just because it costs 25p and you assume it’s the wiser purchase ever made, you may want to approach this through scientific lens rather than economical, and consider what ingredients does it contain. I’m not saying that Tesco 25p pasta is bad for you, in fact some of the Tesco products are better than branded, however some supermarket products are uneatable! I know that I spent more in Jamie’s shop however I know that I’m paying for quality. I can’t count how many products from basic range have ended up in the bin which was a waste of money. Tesco strawberries that taste like nail varnish remover, Tesco tomatoes without any taste, the list goes on. Is there really a point to save on food that will benefit on health rather than poison us?
    Compare prices to Harrods food hall or Harvey Nichols and then complain about Jamie Olivier being unreasonable advising you to take bus journey that will cost you and perhaps your highly fashionable two wheel trolley bag, four pounds. Moreover, in comparison to other great chefs like Simon Hopkinson for instance, Jamie really cooks on budget.
    Since this fantastically opinionated post author mentioned about Ipswich market I believe this is where I’m going for Easter grocery shopping tomorrow.


    April 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    • Nobody is saying there is anything wrong with the produce Jamie fucking Oliver sell in his shop, … but he is still a C!”£!! It would be great if we could ALL afford quality nosh, and yes supermarket food especially those crap loaves are shit and pure poison.


      April 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • I think you meant simply “fantastic” post author.

      Andrew Coates

      April 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

  17. Ian Duncan smith should eat arsnic that would cheer everyone up


    June 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

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