06 May 2008

Meditations on tea supplies in the post nuclear world

A nuclear attack on the UK in the 1950s (as it would have done at any time) would have left millions dead or horribly mutilated. Disease, starvation and lawlessness would have been rife. Of major concern, however, was the supply of tea. Recently released documents show that Government officials planning food supplies were concerned that the tea situation would be "very serious" after a nuclear war. "It would be wrong to consider that even 1oz per head per week could be ensured," they stated.

The documents said a nuclear conflict would result in the loss of three-quarters of tea stocks.


On a more serious (but unsurprising) note one paper from April 1955 said: "The advent of thermonuclear weapons... has presented us with a new and much more difficult set of food defence problems." The aim was to be "completely ready to maintain supplies of food to the people of these islands, sufficient in volume to keep them in good heart and health from the onset of a thermonuclear attack on this country". "It has become increasingly clear that the severity of the attack which the enemy could launch would produce a catastrophe in the face of which past measures would be fatally deficient," the document added.

Or to put it more sincerely and crudely “If the Bomb drops, we’re screwed......”

7 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Well, as long as the water is not polluted.
Recently I found a newspaper article from the 50s. Same topic. 'Experts' seriously swaggering about 'what happens, if ...'
It reads like a satire.

Ah, come on, Jams, let's have a tea.

CherryPie said...

How typically British to mention tea ;-)

jams o donnell said...

Very true Cherie!

On the other hand I'm sure the plutonium will adda bit of a tang Sean!

Liz said...

Well, life wouldn't be worth living anyway if I couldn't have my cup of tea.

jams o donnell said...

The living would envy the dead Liz!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Screwed" is a generic term, but "tealess" is a precise one and should instill terror in the reader's mind ;-)

jams o donnell said...

Snoopy life would just nt be worth living without a nice cuppa!