Vimes Boots Index

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The Vimes Boots Index (or Vimes Boots Poverty Index) is an initiative created in January 2022 by UK equality and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe. It is named after the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness, as featured in Men at Arms.

The Index is a record of prices of the lowest-cost staple foods over time, to demonstrate the disproportionate impact of inflation (and supermarket pricing practices) on the poor. The Pratchett Estate – and Rhianna Pratchett particularly – have wholeheartedly endorsed this use of Vimes’ name.

The Index has so far been mostly spread via Twitter, where you can find Jack as @BootstrapCook, and uses the hashtag #VimesBootsIndex.

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