Austerity food blogger Jack Monroe has denied reports she has been ditched by Sainsbury’s after a twitter row which saw her suggest David Cameron “uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS.”
The mother-of-one, who also writes for the Guardian, quickly became the target of abuse on Twitter (including death threats against her young son). The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that her contract with the supermarket giant would not be renewed.
But when asked if this was the case, Monroe told Huffington Post UK: “They haven’t said anything of the sort to me, no. I think it would be unusual for them to discuss it with a newspaper first...”
@SaraCNelson They haven't said anything of the sort to me, no. I think it would be unusual for them to discuss it with a newspaper first...— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 25, 2014
Sainsbury’s has refused to comment on the reports, but on Monday it tweeted: “Jack Monroe blogs independently. Sainsbury’s is not a political organisation and we certainly don’t share her views.”
Monroe is understood to be employed on a fixed-term contract to blog for the store and has appeared in adverts for its Value Range.
Because he uses stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS to his friends: #CameronMustGo— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 23, 2014
Following her controversial tweet, several people on twitter called for Sainsbury’s to sever ties with the 26-year-old, branding her a “heartless leftist” and even launching the hashtag #monroemustgo.
Politicians also joined the fray, with Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell telling the Daily Mail: “This is thoroughly unpleasant and distasteful. David and Samantha’s tragic loss of their son has never been used to justify any Government policy.
@MsJackMonroe Ahh the far Left. You're just a really shit person. Just end your pathetic life please, you freak.— Footy & Cricket fan (@Footy_cricket) November 25, 2014
@MsJackMonroe If you think that is a legitimate comment you really have a skewed view of the world. You're a sad case with a twisted mind.— Noddy (@Noddy_Holder) November 24, 2014
@MsJackMonroe I'm not a fan of his politics either, but that is just vile. A really nasty thing to say. Shame on you.— Sam West (@Sam1992West) November 24, 2014
@MsJackMonroe you're a bit of a prick aren't you— Ben Abboudi (@Bouds92) November 24, 2014
@MsJackMonroe I have no idea who you are, but you are a truly disgusting specimen. You deserve the biggest karmic kick in the face.— Angela (@mizzaggie) November 24, 2014
Monroe released a short statement after being approached at her home by reporters.
Doorstepped by @MailOnline. Short statement, politely delivered, don't regret pointing out that DC closes down debate on NHS & disability...— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 24, 2014
..And that his experience of caring for Ivan was not comparable to experiences of others, many of whom are now victims of welfare cuts. End.— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) November 24, 2014