Jeremy Clarkson discusses his recovery from coronavirus
Jeremy Clarkson addressed the furore surrounding the free-school meal parcels offered to families on low incomes. The Grand Tour host agreed children should be offered free lunches but dismissed the idea parents should receive cash over vouchers and food parcels.
The 60-year-old explained he agreed Marcus Rashford’s fight for the government to provide free school meals is “noble” but said he was “fed up” with the public complaining.
Professional footballer Marcus and a group of celebrity chefs and campaigners have called on Boris Johnson to review the government’s free school meals policy.
The former Top Gear host recalled watching a news broadcast where someone had claimed they didn’t want a food parcel and would have preferred a voucher instead.
He also revealed another person requested money which the presenter claimed would be “exchanged for fags and scratchcards”.
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Jeremy lamented: “I am fed up to the back teeth of the whingeing this story unleashed.
“We live in a country where children from less well-off families are entitled to free lunches when they are at home. Yippee.”
He continued: “But instead of celebrating that fact, and concentrating on making sure the food they get is not half an ounce of mould and a dead dog, I heard a woman on the news the other day demanding that she be given £30 to provide lunch for her child.
“Thirty quid? Where’s she going to take him? Fortnum & Mason?”
The Grand Tour expressed his concern as he suggested the nation were continuously “moaning”.
“Another said it was no good providing actual food for her kid and she wanted a voucher instead,” Jeremy continued in his column with The Times.
“Presumably so that she could exchange it at the supermarket for fags and scratchcards.”
Jeremy went on to say he was also unimpressed with people’s complaints of the government’s vaccination rollout.
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He added: “This country is doing a bl***y good job, but will anyone say that? Nope.”
The former Top Gear host’s comments come after a mother from Stoke-on-Trent said a parcel for her son was missing staples like vegetables, a loaf, and beans after being delivered a food parcel.
Taking to Twitter, she shared a photo of carrots, two potatoes, baked beans, and other food, calculated to have cost about £5.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was “absolutely disgusted” over the parcel featured on the Roadside Mum’s tweet.
Chartwells, the firm which supplied that parcel, later apologised.
Meanwhile, Jeremy returns to viewers’ screens tonight for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The former Top Gear presenter replaced former host Chris Tarrant when the show returned two years ago.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire airs tonight on ITV at 8pm.
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