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By William Skidelsky  

There was an amusing example of bien pensant thinking at its most removed from reality in the Sunday Times last weekend in India Knight’s column attacking supermarkets (which are in the news at the moment because of the Competition Commission’s recent call for curbs to be placed on them). Knight had little time for the argument that, for the majority, supermarkets are a) convenient and b) more affordable than the alternatives. “I find the poverty-grotesquely bad diet thing completely wrong-headed,” she wrote. “Rubbish highly processed food is not cheap, whereas you can make enough rice and dhal for six people…

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