Jeremy Clarkson Accuses People Of ‘Whingeing’ About Free School Meals

by : Julia Banim on : 19 Jan 2021 12:00
Jeremy Clarkson Accuses People Of 'Whingeing' About Free School MealsPA Images/RoadsideMum/Twitter

Jeremy Clarkson has accused people of ‘whingeing’ over free school meals, just one month after it emerged that 16% of children in the UK had missed meals due to hardship over the course of the pandemic.

Clarkson has taken issue with people expressing concern over the widespread issue of child hunger in the UK, claiming that parents would simply end up exchanging their food vouchers ‘at the supermarket for fags and scratchcards’.


The motoring journalist and broadcaster is estimated to be worth around $60 million, according to the latest figures from Wealthy Gorilla. The median household disposable income in the UK was £29,600 in the financial year ending 2019, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS’s) Living Costs and Food Survey.

Jeremy Clarkson Punched A Man Who Got His Order Wrong But Says Greta Thunberg Is The 'Spoilt Brat'PA Images

Various prominent anti-poverty campaigners, including footballer Marcus Rashford and food writer Jack Monroe, spoke up after a photograph went viral that revealed the contents of one of the inadequate free school dinner packages distributed to parents following the closure of schools.

The post, originally shared by Twitter user Roadside Mum, argued that the food in the package could have been bought for just £5.22, despite families being entitled to £30 worth of food under this scheme.


Rashford slammed the parcel as ‘unacceptable’, and helped boost the discussion by sharing other, similar pictures. He also spoke directly with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone, urging him to take action.

Following widespread public pressure, the government has reintroduced free school meal vouchers for eligible pupils, allowing schools to place orders for supermarket gift cards for the parents and carers of eligible children.

In a recent column for The Sunday Times, Clarkson asked, ‘Where’s our Dunkirk spirit? Indoors, moaning that the sea’s a bit choppy and the boat smells’.


In a tone that one could arguably describe as ‘whingey’, Clarkson stated that he agreed with the stance taken by caring individuals such as Rashford, but lamented that he is ‘fed up’ with people ‘whingeing’.

Clarkson, who earned an estimated £1 million per series during his time as a presenter on Top Gear, stated:

On the food front, I think [Rashford’s] fight is noble and well judged, and I agree that some shameless profiteering is going on. But I am fed up to the back teeth of the whingeing this story unleashed.

Of course, this is by no means the only time Clarkson appears to have become riled up over the matter of dinner. In March 2015, he allegedly punched producer Oisin Tymon after allegedly being served a cold steak at the Simonstone Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire.

Jeremy ClarksonPA

A report published in December by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) think tank estimated that 14% of British children (a total of 1.7 million) have suffered such persistent hunger over the course of the coronavirus pandemic and could be classed as enduring ‘very low food security’.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Free school meals, marcus rashford


Wealthy Gorilla and 5 others
  1. Wealthy Gorilla

    Jeremy Clarkson Net Worth

  2. ONS

    Average household income, UK: financial year ending 2019

  3. The Sunday Times

    Jeremy Clarkson: Where’s our Dunkirk spirit? Indoors, moaning that the sea’s a bit choppy and the boat smells

  4. Roadside Mum/Twitter


  5. UK Government & Parliament

    National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

  6. Social Market Foundation (SMF)

    Measuring and mitigating child hunger in the UK