There will be slurps
Jeremy Hunt continues to eat food on camera in a mission to turn himself from NHS-crippling millionaire to regular old Prime Minister. It began with cold pizza, and it continues with milkshake, the political protest drink of 2019, already slung in the direction of raving Brexit architect Nigel Farage, anti-Islam ‘Tommy Robinson,’ and rape apologist Carl Benjamin.
Hunt enjoyed the milkshake in Chelmsford, before tanking an interview with Jeremy Vine over a comment on Hunt being “the richest man in Cabinet,” taking umbrage with the idea that a concise summation of his wealth relative to his peers would be a more useful conduit to the public than a general praising of Hunt’s business smarts.
Hunt and his fellow leadership contender Boris Johnson are yet to be doused in sweet, creamy humiliation, and it’s pushing it to suggest that he is in any way beating a would-be protestor to the punch in this political race to the bottom. It’s also unlikely that the next Tory leadership debate will take place in a deserted bowling alley, but one thing is clear: Hunt drinks the milkshake. He drinks it all up. [Twitter]
And in other news...
- Levi Roots has closed his only restaurant — Reggae Reggae sauce lives on.
- Starbucks is still really, really, really bad at paying taxes. [Guardian]
- Bone Daddies’ latest big idea is hybridising Hawaiian and Japanese dining culture with a ‘poke and donburi’-inspired... Thing. [Big Hospitality]
- Leon founder Henry Dimbleby will partner with the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs on a ‘farm to fork’ review of the U.K. food system, the first of its kind in 75 years. [Guardian]
- Private equity firm Bridgepoint has confirmed investment in Market Halls — the food courts with sites in Fulham and Victoria — thought to total around £20 million. [Propel]
- Good tweet: