July 11th, 2012

Milk Minister Creamed

The farmers are agitating, so it’s the perfect time for the farming minister to have blundered spectacularly by admitting that he doesn’t know the price of a pint of milk. Jim Paice was asked by Radio 4 if he knew how much milk cost, to which he replied: “No, because my wife buys most of it“. As if that wasn’t enough, Paice then put his foot in it again by mistakenly joking that the gaffe had got him on Page 3 of the Sun:

Dave might want to put him out to pasture…


82 Comments

  1. 1
    Dobbie says:

    Ah! up my street! Pay less for milk then drive the farmers out of business!

    • 44
      Lord Stansted says:

      Indeed, I pay only £1 for loads of milk at Lidl’s. Stuff “Farming Today” and the “Food Programme” .

    • 60
      Ah! Monika says:

      FFS isn’t that the first question you would expect to be asked when given the job?

      • 67
        Anonymous says:

        I would hope not – it’s a stupid question, better than ‘how long’s a piece of string’ but only just. What type of milk? In which shop? In what size container? Milk prices aren’t set by the minister, they are set by the market.

        If he didn’t know where milk came from, or didn’t know the issues facing dairy farmers, I’d be worried. As it is, this is just silly season stuff.

        • 73
          Anonymous says:

          Erm.. the answer is in the question. How much is a ‘PINT’ of milk?

          • Nicholas Bennett says:

            Who buys milk by the pint these days? As the original comment made clear, it depends what sort of milk and where you buy it. Around South East London the price of 2 litres varies by up to £1.20p

  2. 2
    Fact says:

    Not fir for purpose.

    • 14
      President Herman Achille Van Rompuy says:

      Why have you got a farm minister? You have no choice in how you farm, we tell you what to do.

    • 16
      The Angel of Dearth says:

      Spe*aking of “not fit for purpose”, here’s the current headline on the Daily Hellograph’s website:

      “Did Eva Rausing lie dead for a week at her Chelsea mansion?”

      How the Hell should I know? Why are the asking me?

      • 46
        Sir Aston Martin says:

        Well you are the Angel of Dearth, and the Mail hacks aren’t too hot at spelling.

    • 35
      Maximus says:

      Unfortunately Elfin Safety made the traditional knackers yard extinct.

    • 45
      Sir Aston Martin says:

      >Not fir for purpose.

      Oh, I don’t know, he seems a bit of a plank to me.

  3. 3
    Gordon Brown says:

    My favourite sport at school was rugby. All sports are teamwork, but rugby particularly is about teamwork and I think teamwork is the essence of this.

    • 41
      Rupert's my Hero says:

      Rugby, banned at Beal High School, because Fat Girls cant play… ???

  4. 4
    Gordon Brown says:

    We spend more on cows than the poor.

  5. 5
    Quisling says:

    Pull the udder one.

  6. 6
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    We truly are a nation of lions being lead by donkeys

  7. 7
    Pauli says:

    There’s not one in a hundred who could tell you the price. Especially the buffoons on radio fourski.

    • 59
      Non-story or what? says:

      Why would anyone need to know the price? When I go shopping, if there’s milk on the shopping list, I grab a quart. I don’t look at the price – I need it whatever price it is.

      However, I definitely think that farmers aren’t getting enough for it.

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Minister makes a teet of himself

  9. 9
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Amazing, 10mins covering elderly health care and the state still trying to pish through its death tax to fund it, followed by how the Gov is increasing contraception to Africa by 1billion!

    Couldn’t make it up!

    • 12
      Socialism Ate My Future says:

      *push although it is a tad “pish”

    • 19
      RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

      Communism has killed nearly 100 MILLION people.

      http://bit.ly/L8o1eq

    • 24
      David Camoron (one-term PM) says:

      Well we’re all frightfully rich in this country, so I thought it would be good and proper to take your services away from you, and then gather up all the money I’ve saved and give it away to whoever wants it (so long as they’re not English).

      Spiffingly decent of me, eh? What what?

      Toodle pip!

    • 50
      GET RID OF CUNTY CAMERON NOW says:

      Extra aid to Africa Cost 1.8 Billion

      Cost of care for the elderly 1.7 Billion

  10. 10

    I don’t know the price either. I don’t really look.

    I’d guess £2.35 for two pints?

  11. 11
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “The farmers are agitating”

    What are they after this time then? How expensive will it be for the rest of us?

    • 30
      Farmer Giles says:

      Shiny new tractors, that we can drive along main roads, in the rush hour, at 10mph.

      Just for the hell of it.

      • 51
        Tractor Jack says:

        Too fucking right, with red diesel in every vehicle I own I’ll do as I like. Get Arrfa My Land you townie bastards.

  12. 13
    Sally Ber-cow says:

    Moo

  13. 17
    Steve Miliband says:

    Pint of Milk 46p
    Can of popular caffeinated fizzy drink 65p

    Go figure

    • 23
      EU Policy Police says:

      Please use ml, or Litres rather than the Luddite term Pint. Failure to comply will result in ‘consequences’

      • 38
        The Golem says:

        As will any attempt by the placemen in Westminster to interfere with agricultural
        policies decreed by the Great Leader’s minions across the Channel.

  14. 18
    Info for Ministers says:

    Full Cream Organic Milk 500 ml ((BLUE TOP) £0.69
    Full Cream Organic Milk 1t. (BLUE TOP) £1.20
    Full Cream Organic Milk 2 lt. (BLUE TOP) £2.35
    Whole Milk 1 pint unhomogenised (BLUE TOP) £0.59
    Whole Milk 1 litre unhomogenised (BLUE TOP) £1.00
    Whole Milk 2 litres unhomogenised (BLUE TOP) £1.89
    2pt Unpasteurised Guernsey Milk 1.136 lt. £1.40
    4pt Unpasteurised Guernsey Milk 2.272 lt. £2.70
    Cow´s Semi-skimmed Milk
    Code Description Unit Item Qty
    Organic Milk Semi 500 ml. (GREEN TOP) £0.69
    More info Organic Milk Semi 1 lt. (GREEN TOP) £1.20
    More info Organic Milk Semi 2 lt.(GREEN TOP) £2.35
    Semi Milk 1pint unhomogenised (GREEN TOP) £0.59
    More info Semi-skimmed Milk 1 litre unhomogenised (GREEN TOP) £1.00
    Semi Milk 2 litres unhomogenised (GREEN TOP) £1.89
    Cow´s Skimmed Milk
    Description Unit Item Qty
    Skimmed Organic Milk 500 ml.(RED TOP) £0.69
    Skimmed Organic Milk 1 Lt. (RED TOP) £1.20
    Skimmed Organic Milk, 2 lt. (RED TOP) £2.35
    Skimmed Milk 1 pint unhomogenised (RED TOP) £0.59
    Skimmed Milk 1 litre unhomogenised (RED TOP) £1.00
    Skimmed Milk 2 litres unhomogenised (RED TOP) £1.89

  15. 22
    Herman van Rumboy says:

    Why is BBC’s Radio 4 asking the price of a pint of milk ?????

    You vill abandon ze Imperial measures and use ze metric systems IMMEDIATELY !

    • 28
      Quisling says:

      Isn’t it ironic that the generation who understand metric and don’t understand imperial are the generation who didn’t have a say in the matter?

      • 64
        Metric is better says:

        Only a completely thick cretin would want to use an irrational antiquated measuring system like the imperial one. If you’re too thick to learn metric you don’t deserve your own measurements (or indeed an industry).

        • 66
          Bluebird says:

          One thing I will say for the imperial system is it did teach people how to count in systems other than base ten. Not everything in nature comes in convenient divisible by ten units.

          I say allow people to use whatever system of measurements they choose. Provided that conversions can be done then what’s the problem?

          For some things imperial can be more convenient and for others metric is better.

          • Metric is better says:

            No. Decimal is the most efficient system which is why most of the world uses it. Industry can’t fucke about using multiple ones so metric it must be. And only a thick cretin would argue otherwise. Using multiple systems on a whim is beyond stupid.

  16. 25
    Raving Loon says:

    If he was on p3, would you still buy the Sun?

  17. 26
    !!!!!! says:

    OK so what? most people don’t know the price of a pint of milk every shop sells it at a different price and every supermarket does as well so there is no real price for it and to the BBC twot listen you lefty moron he most likely meant he felt like a right tit not that he was on the actual page 3 you tosser!

  18. 31
    Brown Out and pay me damages says:

    What a load of nonsense

  19. 32
    Anonymous says:

    I think that you’ll find that the real culprit here is a man called Gordon Brown. It’s the curse of Jonah yet again.

  20. 36
    Rupert's my Hero says:

    The question of Dave’s judgement of people is a clear indication of how he is running the Country… Judge a Man by what he does, not what he says…where do the numbers add up between shirt lifters and religion….

  21. 39
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “Fatcha stole all the milk anyway, innit?”

  22. 42
    Hotpoint twin tub says:

    “The farmers are agitating”

    Isn’t that a recipe for making butter?

    Seems like he’s off the paice.

  23. 43
    GET RID OF CUNTY CAMERON NOW says:

    Unfortunately “Emily from Warrington”Does not have a pair of TiT’s on the scale that the Tories have in Dave and George

  24. 48
    Slippery Slope says:

    It really does beggar belief that this minister did not even consider the possibility that he might be asked this question on the radio, even if he didn’t know the price in the first place (which seems absolutely incredible to me.)

  25. 52
    not a machine says:

    mmm I would have thought a rough idea was necessary in his job , however perhaps missed by many , he has been on about the price of milk to dairy processors , which is what is causing most of the problem , ie yer yoghurts ,butter ,cheese etc . The price of supermarket liquid milk is a direct indicator , but the supermarkets also affect the processed milk prices in a different way .
    Many Dairy farmers are in trouble because the price does not reflect the sort of farms they work and for some reasons the supermarkets have become blind to anyother models than the uber mega dairy models , which is very unfair to those with herd sizes (due to land utilisation) of 100 cows or less .

    This sorry story has been going on for some years now and if one could trace it back to the short sucess of the break up and sell off of the milk marketing board , then Mr Paice will have a long enough memory to consider if the loss of the MMB has led to improvement or not , to the wide spread and mixed dairy farming industry .

    Care Bill : considering not so long ago many were calling for Andrew Lansleys head on a platter (although not me ) , it must be weighing on those peoples minds , that his abilities have led to a very thoughtfull bill . I congratulate him on his (and others) crafting and encapsulation of the problems , that he and many others experienced when interacting with Labours model , of what passed as care for the elderly although this bill does include other types of caring role .
    Whist he often seems a master of whitehall speak and framing , I was pleased that he had thought about how to communicate to the actual people and groups involved , training considerations were good , as was that more thought that whilst the money is asscoiated with work and pensions dept ,there is major crossover into health , which could enable money to be spent much better .

    The effeicencies of demand systems are very worrying , in spending terms , but bank staff could be looked at later , my main concern is that thought goes into ensuring that councils do not go over grand in there demands first and that thorugh analysis is given to how social services will function efficently in any new system . i suspect there efficency possibilities and I am wary of attempts at overlap that generate confusion and paper shuffling .
    equally I do not expect owners of any licensend care delivery cos to be office cost heavy and already down at the ferrari showroom placing an order (as was common in some of labours employment delivers and contracts)

    Whilst the NHS bill seemed not to immediately change its appitite for whitehall speak , I am pleased that this bill makes the right noises , and thoughts and goes directly to peoples concerns . The money aspects in entry into care functions perhaps may need to do some “look and see how it is working” but none the less is noticable improvement . I might want to streamline NGOs that surround the subject as advisory and pathways and use that money better .

    But well done from me and all time and effort put into it , when labour are only left with sour gripe at cross party concensus (not a subject I would withhold input from , but that is now nailed to them ) , I guess the subject is being legislated well and thoughtfully .

  26. 54
    GET RID OF CUNTY CAMERON NOW says:

    1.8 billion more of our hard earned quids heading to Africa

    Lear Jet just announced rise in profits

    • 56
      Mrs Plinge says:

      I pay 62p for a doorstep pint of semi-skimmed and the milkman only comes three times a week.
      I know it’s more expensive than the supermarket but it keeps Mr Milko in business and helps support Mrs Milko and all the little Milkos and helps keep our streets safe.
      Smug

  27. 65
    John Ploughman says:

    I don’t know about putting him out to pasture, as he might upset the cows, and start trying to cover them. A better option might be to turn him into Steak Tartare, which will also be greener as it will save on cooking gas or electricity.

  28. 71
    Anonymous says:

    About Jim
    Jim is married to Ava and has two grown-up sons. He has been the Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire since 1987. In what little spare time he has he enjoys tending his small herd of Highland Cattle and various country pursuits.

    Before Parliament:

    Jim was born in Felixstowe in Suffolk and attended Framlingham College and then Writtle Agricultural College after which he started a career in farm management. In his youth and early twenties Jim was active in the Young Farmers movement, becoming chairman of the Agricultural Policy Committee of the National Federation and representing the UK on the European Council of Young Farmers.

    From his website. Seems best man available to be the minister, rather than some PPE Oxbridge metropolitan type
    I’m a farmer and I don’t know the price of supermarket milk either.
    Just saying.

  29. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Worse is that his PPS, Daniel Kawczynski, is chair (and founder) of the all party group for dairy farmers. There’s a PPS clearly not doing his job!

  30. 77
    UKIP Membership Spokesperson says:

    We would just like to say a very big thank you, once again, to our top membership recruiters, David Cameron & his boss Nick Clegg and actively support & encouraged by little Red Ed Milliepeed

    There untiring devoted efforts of these Three Dinosaurs is making our UKIP membership sign up numbers achieve another new record high again this week. We are very pleased this has been achieved ‘without’ spending any of our national advertising budget again.

    Once again Thank You Dave, Nick & little Red Ed, as the Chinese saying goes
    “May you all live in troubled times”

    BUT Please keep up your excellent track record through out Parliaments Summer recess, as our best recruiters for UKIP, The UK Independence Party, thats now leading the way from The EUSSR for Good!!


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