On Monday, David Cameron did something very brave. The British prime minister, facing what is likely to be an extremely close race for reelection May 7, went to a voter’s garden and had a meal. Braver still, he allowed the British press to take photographs of him eating the meal.
It sounds strange, but in Britain’s election season, food-eating has become political. And it didn’t take long for Brits to notice that Cameron was eating wrong: He was using a knife and a fork to eat a hot dog.
The implication behind all these comments is that Cameron isn’t a normal human being, who would presumably eat a hot dog with his hands. That’s a little unfair, of course, but there’s a little truth to it: Cameron is the son of a stockbroker who can trace his lineage to royalty. His education epitomizes the upper class of British life: schooling at Eton College, followed by a degree from Oxford University, where he was a member of the infamous restaurant-trashing Bullingdon Club.
Now, he leads a political party synonymous with the upper echelons of Britain’s class system. Even his fiercest supporters might have to begrudgingly admit that Cameron isn’t an “average” or “normal” Brit. He’s posh.