Chairman’s apology Leader says sorry after food poverty tweet
THE chairman of the Cheltenham Civic Society has apologised after he tweeted that food poverty in the UK is ‘just idleness.’
Andrew Booton has put out an apology on Twitter after experiencing a backlash for his original tweet, which has now been taken down.
His apology on Twitter reads: “I posted a personal tweet on Friday evening, which was well intentioned but in hindsight I regret it was poorly considered and badly phrased.
“The tweet has been deleted and I am very sorry for having trivialised a serious issue.”
Mr Booton faced criticism over the weekend after tweeting on Friday: “Had a Chinese this evening. Chicken £2.35. Fresh egg noodles on clearance 24p. All natural ingredients sauce 75p. Stir fry veg on clearance 55p. 7 mins. Total £3.89. Enough for 4 = 97p each. Don’t tell me we have food poverty in
this country. It’s just idleness.”
The tweet went viral, garnering 812 retweets, 4,483 likes and 4,700 replies, some of which accused Mr Booton of having a ‘complete lack of understanding’ about food poverty.
Chef and activist Jack Monroe responded to the tweet and criticised Mr Booton’s ‘enormous sense of entitlement.’
Despite the apology, many have been sceptical. One said: “Deleting it doesn’t stop it being put there. You told people suffering from food poverty they were idle, whilst you smugly ate the food they could afford to make some deluded point on Twitter.”
One tweet suggested the possibility of a positive outcome emerging from the tweet, saying: “Hey Andrew, how about doing something positive to counteract the negativity you enforced? Put in some hours at a food bank, start or contribute to a group that supports people in poverty, help people who need it and get some perspective.”