Op-Ed: Another day another Tory Peer making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
This time it is Conservative peer Baroness Jenkin of Kennington who clearly said "poor people don't know how to cook" at a press conference.
The arrogant peer was speaking in Westminster as results of a parliamentary inquiry into the use of and increased need for foodbanks in the UK were released.
Unbelievably Jenkin was part of the parliamentary inquiry.
She later apologised trying to cover her tracks. She claimed she meant "society had lost its ability to cook" but her words caused offence and rightly so.
One conclusion the inquiry made was that many families were just one unexpected bill away from a financial crisis.
Most people could have told them that for nothing.
No doubt the parliamentary inquiry was costly. The government insists it will take the report seriously but as more cuts are planned how is not known.
At the launch Jenkin said "We have lost our cooking skills," she said. "Poor people don't know how to cook. "I had a large bowl of porridge today, which cost 4p. A large bowl of sugary cereals will cost you 25p."
Why not show them how to make a bowl of gruel My Lady?
That of course shows how out of touch Jenkins is with the real-world.
The fact she lumped all people experiencing financial woes into one group is thoughtless, bigoted and insensitive. Deciding that "poor people cannot cook" is obscene when you consider the culinary skills of the uber rich in the UK.
Yes the use of microwaves, ready-cooked-meals and takeaways may be hitting cooking skills in the UK but "poor people don't know how to cook" how dare she?
Perhaps next time a costly inquiry into foodbanks is held those people directly affected could be at the helm.
These people could use rates of pay such as those in the House of Lords, £300 for a day as long as you attend. They understand foodbanks and why some people need them. They may care about the findings.
"Baroness Jenkin later clarified her remarks on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, and apologised if she caused offence. She said: "I made a mistake. Obviously I was stupidly speaking unscripted. "What I meant was as a society we have lost our ability to cook, or that no longer seems to be handed down in the way that it was in previously in previous generations. "Life is considerably cheaper if you are able to cook."
It may be but your 'accidental words' said it all about you Jenkin.