levem tudo menos o chá

um artigo da bbc de ontem:

Nuclear threat sparked tea worry

The threat of a nuclear attack on the UK in the 1950s caused concern over the supply of tea, top-secret documents which have now been released reveal.

Government officials planning food supplies said 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 papers were released under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Archives at Kew.

Heart and health

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

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.

Food stockpiles

For planning purposes, the Ministry of Food listed London, Birmingham, Merseyside, Manchester and Clydeside as H-bomb targets.

Tyneside, Teesside, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Derby, Purfleet in Essex, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Plymouth, Cardiff, Coventry and Belfast were named as A-bomb targets.

Subjects down for discussion were arrangements for stockpiling food, emergency feeding and equipment, and the availability of bread, milk, meat, oils and fats and tea and sugar.

Methods successfully used in World War II would be “unable to maintain bread supplies under the conditions envisaged”, the documents said. 


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2 Responses to levem tudo menos o chá

  1. Rogi diz:

    Sou Inglês, e posso dizer que o nosso chá é muito importante para nos. Se não temos o nosso chá, náo temos vida.

    Mas, hmm, devo admitir que o chá talvez náo vai ser a primeira coisa nos meus pensamentos mesmo antes dum ‘strike’ nuclear.

    Depois, sim, sem duvida nenhuma vai ser um caso de – “Oh, I say, Jenkins, the dastardly commies have made an awful mess of good old Blighty. Bring me a nice cup of tea, will you, dear chap? Milk, no sugar, you know.”.

    Mas, em fim, é bom saber que o nosso governo tem tudo sob controlo para a gente de Ingleterra em caso de fim do mundo.

    “Mr Prime Minister, we are going to lose London, Manchester, Liverpool, Swansea, Purfleet, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Plymouth…”
    “Never mind that, dear boy, defend the teabags!”

    Fico contente. Agora posso dormir sem preocupações. 🙂

  2. zenuno diz:

    and the tea will keep the good humor!

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