Free dinners? Rubbish – parents need to learn to cook and look after their kids properly

Oct 27, 2020 by

I’M no chef but I can rustle up a batch of leek and potato soup or a vegetable lasagne. Maybe even a cottage pie should any carnivores be visiting.

By Annabelle Sanderson

No such thing as free lunch: ‘The kids Rashford wants to help will end up paying down the line’ 
Annabelle Sanderson, Author at BrexitCentral

Annabelle Sanderson

There are plenty of recipes online, although when I went to school it was standard to have home economics lessons where we learned rudimentary cooking and healthy eating. But now it seems producing healthy meals is a magical art, only to be performed by skilled practitioners. More importantly, if the current narrative is to be believed, this art of simple, healthy cooking is the sole preserve of the rich.

Food, it seems, has become so ruinously expensive it is impossible for someone to feed a child, even with a job and top-up payments from the Government.

It is probably cheaper to go to fast food restaurants or buy ready meals, right?

Of course not. A quick calculation and I estimate that you could make a family-sized cottage pie for less than £7, shopping at a budget supermarket (which I do). If your talents don’t stretch to mashing a few spuds, 29p will buy you a large bag of pasta and 35p a bag of baking potatoes.

If you aren’t sure how to cook those it goes something like this: Turn oven on. Stick potato in oven and cook until you can stick a fork in it easily. Eat with a topping of your choice.

So why has politics become so dominated by a meal, rather free school meals? Looking at some elements of social media you might have thought Boris Johnson had decided to take a leaf out of King Herod’s book and order the murder of all first born boys. But not everyone, thank God, is convinced free school meals is a healthy solution.

It baffles me, and many others it seems, that instead of teaching and encouraging cooking skills and personal responsibility we must instead teach some kind of learned helplessness where the state has to step in to do basic tasks to stop children starving – even with income support and housing benefits for those who are entitled to it.

Not being a natural football fan I’d never heard of Marcus Rashford. But the multimillionaire footballer (estimated value £65 million) has ramped up this fevered debate to the point where someone who supports the Government’s decision is simultaneously seen as some terrible person who must actively want child poverty.

We live in a polarised and binary social media world where debate and nuance is neither encouraged nor tolerated.

But the point is that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Just like ‘free’ healthcare, everything provided by the state is paid for out of taxes.

Yesterday’s online poll on Express.co.uk of more than 9,000 people showed three out of four believed Boris Johnson was right to refuse to be bullied into providing free school meals out of term time.

Its findings surprised precisely no-one outside of virtue-signalling Wokeville.

Some people understand the generation we are saddling with unimaginable levels of debt are the kids Mr Rashford and his supporters say they want to help.

Source: Free dinners? Rubbish – parents need to learn to cook and look after their kids properly – | Express Comment | Comment | Express.co.uk

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