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“Why are you putting raw salmon on a bagel?”

 

Discovering smoked salmon was the first in a long line of foods I had never heard of before arriving at University. The next day I went out and bought £1 Morrison’s own brand salmon trimmings, so I could feel fancy too.

 

Food throughout history has been inexplicably connected with the idea of class. Say the two together and you’re met with an easy cache of clichés.   

How many of these are still true? Does the food we cook link directly to class identity?

And in the age of all trends being influenced by millennials, what effect are we having on food trends and how does that link to new ideas of value and wealth? Are the privileged fetishising working class culture?

This show is supported by Camden People's Theatre Seed Commissions as part of their Common People Festival in April 2018

Post April 2018 Update:

The UN has launched an investigation into poverty and human rights in the UK which will examine the impact of the austerity policies of Theresa May and David Cameron over the past eight years.

The inquiry will be led by Prof Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He will arrive in November 2018, 

The Special Rapporteur would like to invite all interested individuals and organisations in the United Kingdom working on issues related to poverty and human rights, including representatives of civil society organisations, experts and academics, to provide input for the preparation of his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018.

Full information on submitting can be found here: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/CallforinputUK.aspx 

If you find this difficult to access please get in touch with me and I will offer assistance. 

The Centre for Social Justice, a right-leaning thinktank founded by Iain Duncan Smith, who set up universal credit as work and pensions secretary, said it will not make a submission. To me, this seems like obvious avoidance of admitting the truth and blatant violations our government is imposing on our nation. Food usage, types of food, dependence on food bank are  one of the key indicators of poverty.  Food bank use rose 52% in areas where universal credit was rolled out, compared with 14% where it wasn’t or had only just been launched.

And yet, we still watch the same churned out media that tells us we can feed our families healthier for less, on a budget, on nothing. 

But those programmes don't really mean 'on nothing'. 

These revelations will be shaping and changing the next phase of this project. 

I would like to hear from the people these measures are affecting the most, the people working in the food banks, the people working for the trusts and foundations supporting these people, the people making policy, the people making media about food, people investigating the state of poverty in the UK. If you're one of those people or know someone who is, please get in touch.