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Cereal firm wants its sugar to be part of your five a day

The Troublemaker considers Kelloggs interest in healthy diets, Rupert Murdoch's in Ukip, unpleasant drunk Tories and the rising sales of supercars

Issue No. 2344

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Grocery bills are set to soar by £357 a year, plunging more people into food poverty.

Already 4.7 million people spend at least 10 percent of their income on feeding the family.

In the past five years, the amount spent on food and drink in Britain has gone up by 23 percent. 

But the amount being consumed has dropped by 7 percent.

The poorest 10 percent spend about a quarter of their income on food while the richest spend just 4 percent.

Food prices are going up by about 3.5 percent a year, far more than average cost of living rises.

The source for all this damning information? The multinational food corporation, Kelloggs. They helpfully provide the chart (right) to illustrate their concerns about food poverty.

As the report notes “as prices rise, a well-balanced diet will become a luxury for many.” 

Kellogs make a number of cereals including Krave which is a balanced product containing one third sugar.


The cost of a nursery can be even more that than a place at Eton.

Childcare costs are rising at twice the rate of inflation, and using after-school clubs costs more than a family holiday to Florida.

So says a report from Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute. An expensive nursery can cost £408.75 for 25 hours a week. 

Full-time that would be £10,000 more than fees at super-posh Eton school.


More than a million poor children are denied free school meals by the Tories.

Working parents on below 60 percent of the average wage cannot claim.

That is about 1.2 million of the 2.2 million children living in poverty in England, according the Children’s Society.


The Liberal Democrats can’t quite get rid of the Chris Huhne scandal.

Huhne’s ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, claims she told Nick Clegg’s wife, Miriam, Vince Cable and various Clegg aides that the former energy secretary had illegally evaded a driving ban.

Both members of the odious ex-couple have been jailed for eight months over the tawdry scandal.


Rupert Murdoch is “interested” to find out what the UK Independence Party is up to and how much support it has.

Nigel Farage the Ukip leader had dinner with the tycoon last Tuesday. 

How long will we wait for the Sun to call for the Tories to do a deal with Ukip?


Tories—deluded drunk or headless 

Right-wing organisation, The Young Britons’ Foundation, has been dubbed the SAS of the Tory party. 

Robert Halfon MP, delivered the analogy at the group’s annual parliamentary rally. 

To loud guffaws from the snorting youths Halfon said, “You’re not a madrassa, but the SAS on the right of the Conservative Party.”

Speakers at the event included cabinet ministers Eric Pickles and Iain Duncan Smith.


Tory students are organising a “Hagueathon” in which each plan to down 14 pints of beer.

The York Tories binge drinking is in honour of foreign secretary William Hague who claimed to have done the same as a teenager. The toffs will give themselves a medal if they drink the full 14.


Have the people of Grantham not suffered enough? They turned down the Thatcher statue that famously got its head knocked off in 2002. 

Now the council is collecting £200,000 to build a brand new one of the ageing Tory.


Wages down but supercar sales up

workers in Britain have suffered the biggest drop in wages of the world’s top ten developed nations.

Pay shrank by  4.5 percent in real terms between 2007 to 2011 with the biggest decline in 2011.

That was nearly twice the rate of Spain, the next-worst performing economy that year, a TUC report said.


Happily, super?luxury cars are rolling out of the showrooms in ever increasing numbers.

Philip Harnett, product manager of Rolls-Royce’s latest £215,000 Wraith model, said “Some people are doing very well and they want to reward themselves”.

McLaren boss, Ron Dennis, claimed the company’s new £866,000 McLaren P1 is the fastest road car in the world. 

This is disputed by Ferrari with their £1 million LaFerrari and Lamborghini with the £3 million Veneno, all launched at the Geneva motor show.


KNOW YOUR ENEMY No. 4281

Sam Laidlaw, boss of Centrica, who own British Gas (£606 million profit)

  • Urged everyone to buy smartphones to lower fuel bills. He should be able to get a decent phone on a salary of £1.3 million a year.
  • In 2011 the Old Etonian boosted his wages by cashing in £3 million in shares.
  • Probably didn’t notice his bills going up 6 percent on his two million-pound houses.

Hillsborough slur lawyer out of a job

A lawyer who ridiculed the families of Hillsborough victims while he was supposed to be representing them has left his job as Liverpool’s deputy coroner.

Doug Fraser caused outrage after it emerged he said some families were “wanting their 15 minutes of fame” and branded others “hotheads”.

Sheila Coleman of Hillsborough Justice Campaign said “We welcome the fact that he’s gone.”

New inquests into the 96 deaths that resulted from the 1989 football disaster will be held this year.


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The Troublemaker
Thu 21 Mar 2013, 14:18 GMT
Issue No. 2344
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