Jeremy Clarkson said people in the UK are “not paying enough to eat” amid the cost of living crisis.
The 62-year-old broadcaster bought an Oxfordshire farm in 2008 that was run by a local villager, but after retiring in 2019 Clarkson decided to see if he could run it himself.
His attempts at Amazon Prime TV series Clarkson’s Farm are documented for its cinematography alongside a likable cast who aren’t afraid to tell the TV presenter when it’s useless, and also chart the hardships farm workers faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The success of the series saw visitors flock to Diddly Squat’s farm shop to buy products such as Cow Juice, rapeseed oil, sauces and jams.
Clarkson, who appears on The News Agents podcast, told anchors Emily Maitlis and John Sobel that he thinks food prices should be double what they are.
He said, “People simply don’t pay enough for their food. The one thing the government will never say is ‘Oh, you have to pay more for your food, you don’t pay enough’.”
“So Jeremy Clarkson says prices have to go up?” said Maitlis, who joined the BBC in 2001 and presented Newsnight from 2006 until earlier this year.
Clarkson replied, “Yeah, they have to. They have to be twice as much as they are, you know to go out and do that kind of work.”
His comments come after Dave Ramsden, deputy governor of the Bank of England, delivered a speech on Thursday about Britain’s uncertain and unpredictable economy at the Bank of England Watchers’ Conference.
He said he was “fully aware” that raising interest rates added to the hardships faced by millions of households and businesses amid the cost of living crisis.
Clarkson’s full interview will be available on The News Agents podcast this evening on Global Player.