Lara Prendergast

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Brexit and the Land of the Porridge People

There are few better ways to irritate the British than to suggest that our food is revolting. These days, we like to think of ourselves as an island of gourmets. If anyone implies otherwise, we become dyspeptic.

When Jacques Chirac, then the president of France, told President Vladimir Putin of Russia at a Group of 8 summit in 2005 that “we cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine,” the comment nettled Prime Minister Tony Blair. The food critic Egon Ronay spoke for many when he said, “There’s no other country in the world whose food has improved so greatly and more quickly in the last 15 to 20 years than this country.”…  Seguir leyendo »