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English Food: A Social History of England Told Through the Food on Its Tables

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All fascinating stuff, but English Food is at its strongest when addressing wider themes of uncomfortably contemporary relevance. I would’t class Boris Johnson as a Gammon either, he is too “posh”, the insult is normally used to describe people more working class by those re moaners who believe they know better than rest of us. It enabled Johnson to stand up for freedom of choice — consumer choice — and to make that unbridled consumer choice look English, as opposed to silly bureaucratic rules, which came to look European, stuffy, and uptight.

English Food by Diane Purkiss | Waterstones

If the nostalgia is for aspects of the recent post-communist era then surely the EU and its supporters, and Poland’s liberal political parties, should understand and try to address these issues; just as Britain’s politicians should examine the issues behind ‘populist nostalgia’ here, rather than simply dismissing the nostalgics as thick ‘gammons’ (an utterly vile term) harking for the past.So I sense it as a social pressure still, although my own home life is not particularly traditional.

English food has always been a moveable feast | The Spectator English food has always been a moveable feast | The Spectator

The 4 years since have horrified me so much and led me to really read up on some things, and I’ve changed my mind.This new war is understood as a sign of weakness: “the weight thing has really spooked him,” said a friend. The Government’s policies will please some, others not so much – more or less the same as every other Government I have lived through. The European Union wants to kill our cuppa,” said one Facebook advert during the referendum campaign, in keeping with Johnson’s own hit parade of “Threat to British pink sausages” or “EC cheese row takes the biscuit.

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