It is alleged the French queen, Marie Antoinette, upon hearing the poor had no bread, said: ‘Let them eat cake.’
It would appear we now have our own stupid aristocrat, in the form of the Countess of Mar.
One of only 92 hereditary peers left in the House of Lords, she has suggested putting up the price of food would stop people throwing so much of it away.
Her ladyship presides over a sizeable estate in Worcestershire, so we should not be surprised at her ignorance of the fact that food prices have been rising steadily in recent years – and threaten to become crippling in the next few months.
Someone should remind her that the French eventually beheaded Marie Antoinette...