Kitchen Sink

Few things look more obviously fake than millionnaire politicians doing a photoshoot to show they’re really just like us. In 2015, then-Labour leader Ed Miliband did a photoshoot of he and his wife relaxing in their kitchen:

Which raised a few eyebrows given the house was worth about £2m. Turns out it was a second kitchen used for preparing snacks, and the real kitchen would have been rather more grand. Oddly enough, holding a photoshoot in the butler’s pantry to demonstrate his earthly connections didn’t work out too well for Miliband.

A couple of days ago Democrat presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand invited photographers into her large, pristine Washington, D.C. kitchen to watch her prepare the family meal.

Unkind Twitter users were quick to point out the sharp crease in her apron, freshly bought for her that morning. Others wondered what the hell she was trying to do with that fish. Don’t you normally cut it before putting it in the frying pan? The lit gas burner with nothing on it didn’t go unnoticed, nor did the solitary mushroom looking rather lost beside the steaks, wondering where the others might have got to. I think the dog’s face tells us what we already know: this woman has never cooked before in her life.

Is there anything more cringeworthy than fake attempts to appear down with the masses? One of the most endearing things about Jacob Rees-Mogg is he’s uber-posh and wears top hats and is utterly shameless about it. One of the reasons Trump gets away with so much is he behaves exactly like you’d expect from a brash, New York billionaire. At least you know what you’re getting. People might not like posh or rich, but they really hate insincerity and, as Miliband and Gillibrand attest, faking sincerity is hard.

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22 thoughts on “Kitchen Sink

  1. I think the funniest thing about Trump is the horror with which many ‘elite’ react when they find out he likes his steak well done, and loves mcdonalds.

  2. It’s crucial to be authentic.

    I’ve learnt not to pretend to be into football at lunch tables in works canteens. It puts you put off conversations at first, but there’s often other things you can talk about.

    Above all else, what people care is doing your job well, being helpful and kind. I bonded with a group of factory operatives by bringing in enough of my wife’s brownies for both the office and the factory. I have someone the number of a good piano teacher for his daughter.

  3. There is, I believe, a resurgence in the market value of ‘this is my opinion and if you don’t like it you can do the other thing’. Humans naturally like to put things in a mental box. We like certainty. Politicians usually suck as hard as the vacuum of deep space in this area because they are so addicted to the idea of image management. Fakery is not the new black. Deep down we all have a tiny amount of respect for someone who we violently disagree with but know exactly where they stand. Even Corbyn. Corbyn is ruining that ‘sincerity’ with his own troops because his position on Brexit is so fake.

  4. I always wondered with the Miliband kitchen – is it a Jewish thing? They often have two kitchens (meat and dairy) for kosher reasons. Then a half kitchen for Passover. It’s the only time I’ve seen something like this in a house.

    I don’t have any problems with that – not asking for anti-Semitic reasons. But I wondered about precisely that sincerity – was ‘preparing snacks kitchen’ a rather euphemistic explanation? I have no clue if he practices or not.

  5. “he and his wife”

    Eh? Shurely some mistake.

    Anyway, this is precisely why I quite like “Gorgeous” George Galloway; he’s consistent, and you know exactly what you’re getting.

    That and a classic balls up on a phone-in when he was on TalkSport many moons ago.

  6. Ducky McDuckface

    “this is precisely why I quite like “Gorgeous” George Galloway; he’s consistent, and you know exactly what you’re getting.”

    A thin-skinned Marxist dandy who mimes licking milk from the hands of an ageing actress?

    Sometimes, a little inauthenticity is necessary to protect public sensibilities.

  7. @Oblong
    I’ve been in the houses of the ultra-Orthodox Hassidim in Stamford Hill & I’ve never seen one with two kitchens. I was at a wedding attended by the Miliband spawn & they didn’t come over as particularly frum. They’re part of a posse of intellectual left wing Jews have long influenced metropolitan Labour. The mother of the groom was a one time girlfriend & ex-Labour councillor. Her & the other son are great enthusiasts of the full-english with extra bacon & pork sausages. I found the whole lot of them are about as observant as suits them. Extends to their politics. Rabid capitalist socialists.

    Disclaimer; I’m not, but I speak enough Yiddish to fake it.

  8. The gas ring is probably still on because the steaks were on it and have been pulled onto the forward ring so as not to burn while the photo is set up.

    This will utterly horrify her ordinary friends on the Washington socialite circuit. Those down-to-earth hedge fund managers, bankers’ wives, lobbyists, and senators will now see her for the pleb she wants to be seen as. For everyone but everyone knows you have fish before the meats, not after.

  9. People might not like posh or rich

    Some people might not (and it doesn’t make them any happier or nicer for it) but on the whole people are happy to accept that others may be posher or richer than they are and wish them joy of their good fortune.

    What does stick in peoples’ craw is being patronised or talked down to which is why Boris and Jacob RM enjoy broad popularity that other politicians can only dream of.

    The self-adulatory drivel from the three Tory defectives was a joy to listen to yesterday. Best political epitaph since the Ed-stone.

  10. Sam – “A thin-skinned Marxist dandy who mimes licking milk from the hands of an ageing actress?” – that’s the fella!

    Quite fun hearing him go off on one as it’s entirely predictable bollocks. The other thing though, is that his positions do seem to be consistently built from a set of underlying core beliefs that he very definitely has faith in being correct. They are the lens he always views the world through.

    She might be ageing, but I would lick milk off her fingers.

  11. >The gas ring is probably still on because the steaks were on it and have been pulled onto the forward ring so as not to burn while the photo is set up.

    That would make sense if she was on an an electric range, but gas responds instantly so moving the pan forward is an unusual habit.

    I would have given the benefit of the doubt if there wasn’t so much additional incompetence in the picture. She is sawing the fish in a stainless frying pan after searing the steaks in teflon.

  12. Sharp crease…oh…I just spent five minutes trying to find the sharp cheese in her apron. Not sure why I feel the need to share that, but there it is anyway.

    My wife always feels the need to apologize for ordering her steaks well done…though oddly never to me when I cook them. I can now let her know she likes them just like Trump does…and see which way that goes. But again…

  13. I’d add: how she’s holding fish with left finger-tips suggests she in uncomfortable touching raw fish

    Knife in right hand looks uncomfortable too

    Milliband – iirc it was their resident nanny’s kitchen

  14. “I don’t have any problems with that – not asking for anti-Semitic reasons. But I wondered about precisely that sincerity – was ‘preparing snacks kitchen’ a rather euphemistic explanation?”

    Without going into too much detail… I’ve run across a cultural group which has a ‘show kitchen’ and a ‘work kitchen’. I have no idea what they’re actually called amongst themselves.

  15. Ducky McDuckface

    “this is precisely why I quite like “Gorgeous” George Galloway; he’s consistent, and you know exactly what you’re getting.”

    Yes the people of Bradford West know exactly what they are getting…”Georgous” George Galloway, David “The Jews” Ward and Naz “Diversity” Shah!

    No wonder they don’t have to worry about the white vote in BD2 or BD10, the postal vote in BD3 will sort it for them 😢

  16. Ryan,

    Someone’s lent her some mid-range pans to not look too ostentatious. The cupboard is probably stuffed with Mauviel and All-Clad.

  17. This is one reason why Tam Dalyell was so popular. You knew he was from landed family, and he knew that you knew.
    And neither of you cared. A gentleman.

  18. One way you can tell whether a Jewish family is keeping Kosher is whether they have two refrigerators. By Kosher law, meat must be kept separately from milk.

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