It is time to eat cake and forget about bread.
The inflation rate for the squeezy white stuff is now well into double-digits. The inflation rate for a choccy bikky, thankfully, remains at a modest 7 percent.
Changing the subject slightly, Marie Antoinette never said "let them eat cake". It was cruel lie put around by those nasty left-wing french revolutionaries.
I have always preferred to see Marie Antoinette as Edmund Burke described her in his Reflections on the Revolution in France.
I dug out the passage from wikiquote:
"It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, — glittering like the morning star full of life and splendour and joy...
Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, — in a nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult.
But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded."
Chivalry might be gone, but bread price inflation regularly revisits us in every age.