Over the last couple of days, there has been a steady stream of stuff on Twitter about food poverty, including this little gem from an unfortunately all too familiar source of risible bullshit.

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  • A knife to cut them up (though the knife could double for peeling and scraping).
  • Oil or fat in which to cook the chips. Which probably probably means oil because chip pans are very much frowned on now. A litre of vegetable or sunbflower oil is just over a pound a litre at Asda as I write this. So add that on too.
  • You’ll probably need a fryer, unless you’re going to try and do “home made” oven chips, which does take a little bit longer than the 20-25 minutes or so in the oven than your average oven chip will take. And that assumes you have an actual oven, and not just a microwave, or not even that.
  • And time and energy to do it. Because if you’re poor, you’ve probably been at work (as around 80% of all non-pension benefit claimants are), being screwed for the minimum wage.

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