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Councilor Harassed for Suggesting Jobless Eat Porridge

August 12, 1985

OXFORD, England (AP) _ A city councilor who suggested that unemployed people eat more porridge said Monday she found abusive slogans painted on her house and porridge smeared on her doorstep.

Nonny Tiffany, who represents Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party on the Oxford city council, said that among the scrawlings was PLO, which she said probably stood for Porridge Liberation Organization in this case.

She called the protests were ″stupid and sad,″ and attributed them to people who misunderstood her remark to a local radio interviewer, which she characterized as a suggestion that the unemployed stretch their benefits by eating cheap, energy-producing food.

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