Monday, 3 March 2008

Peace, Bread, Land


Having eulogised of late about the reasonable price being charged by Sainsbury’s for Dove’s Farm Organic Wholemeal Flour, it came as something of a shock when I went to stock up on supplies this evening.

After months perfecting my artisan bread-making techniques, I’d grown accustomed to paying just 60p for 1.5kg of the stuff, pleased to be able to make a decent loaf of bread for little more than 25p a go. I was hardly prepared, therefore, for the price-hike that faced me tonight. The same product has all but doubled in price, and now retails at £1.19 for a 1.5kg bag.

That’s why I’ve dusted the flour off my Bill Blunt Blast accolade, to award it to whoever it was at Sainsbury’s who has sanctioned this crippling price increase. Did they give a moment’s thought to the poor pensioner, eking out their pittance of an income, when they authorised this calamitous price rise? I doubt it.

If I were Gordon Brown, I’d be sleeping a little more uneasily in my bed tonight (and it’s worth stressing that no earthquakes are anticipated). His Government has failed to deliver peace in Iraq, and now the price of home-made bread has doubled. As for land, that’s a subject we might want to studiously avoid, lest we re-awaken Bolshevik instincts in the British population.

I’ll be writing to Sainsbury’s about this outrageous matter, I can tell you. Anyone tempted to add their voice to my campaign can do so by e-mailing their Customer Services people, here.


7 comments:

70steen said...

My 'gast' has been 'flabbered'. After all the free publicity you have given Sainsbury's!! Outrageous!

Gail said...

While you're about it Bill, could you ask the Sainsbury's people to stock more of the larger organic chickens? Since the angst over chicken provenance generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, it's hard to find a sizeable bird at Sainsburys Low Hall and we can't face having silverside yet again.

nursemyra said...

what does a flabbered gast look like?

nursemyra said...

what does a flabbered gast look like?

Crofty said...

I'm glad to see that despite the cost you are still promoting CAMRB - not quite as catchy as CAMRA is it, we'll have to work on that one.

Theresa H. Hall said...

There was something very wrong with the wheat crops this year, whereby, I heard on the news, that much had been destroyed and that the prices would go way up, for a period, or at least until the next crop.

Lord Likely said...

So this is what they mean by 'flour power'.

More wind to your sail, sir!