Parliamentary debates can often descend into battles of egos, but one peer has really taken the biscuit with a strange claim made yesterday.
Speaking in a House of Lords debate about how the government aims to tackle food waste, crossbencher Lord Palmer boasted that he had eaten out of date food and had lived to tell the tale.
He said: “I’m sure one of the main problems is that the sell-by dates on products is far, far too cautious. I remember once eating a biscuit that was 20 years old and it was perfectly edible.”
It’s not surprising that Palmer has such an interest in biscuits. His family owned the famous biscuit factory, Huntley and Palmers, which was founded in 1822. In 2017, conservators found a 106-year-old fruitcake from the company in artefacts from Antartica, which we hope Lord Palmer did not then eat.
Meanwhile, his pontificating comes as the utility of the House of Lords is debated, with The Times sparking a debate about hereditary peers earlier this week.