Considerable concern was expressed this week following news that the price of bread is rising yet again. The Jersey Master Bakers’ Association made the announcement and have defended the increase, claiming that its members are not profiteering. Yet one newspaper called the situation with bread – and coal – prices scandalous.
The price hike means the cost of a 4lb loaf of second quality bread increases to 10½ pence, while the cost for best quality goes up to 11½ pence. This represents a 75 percent rise since the war began – something that may not trouble those earning £300 per year, claimed the newspaper, but which means serious hardship for the island’s poorer classes.
The newspaper’s accusations brought a sharp response from the Association, which included a demonstration of how much bakers’ costs have risen in recent months. Moreover, they question who will pay for any damage caused to their premises by the public incited to protest by the newspapers.
It was not just bakers’ who earned the disapproval of the newspapers. Coal merchants also stand accused of inflating local prices, which are said to be 12 to 15 shillings more expensive per tonne than in Guernsey.
DZ/H2/6 contains a letter from the Jersey Master Bakers’ Association justifying the price rise and requesting action against the Evening Post for printing the profiteering allegations.