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The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945$
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Michael Kandiah and Judith Rowbotham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266847

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266847.001.0001

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Minister of Food, 1940

Minister of Food, 1940

Section One Minister of Food, 1940
The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945
Michael Kandiah, Judith Rowbotham
British Academy

Diary extracts and correspondence, thematically arranged, with extensive footnotes identifying newspaper coverage and parliamentary speeches, dealing with Woolton’s policies and actions on rationing after being appointed Minister of Food. Thematic headings include management of the Ministry, relations with other Departments of State (and their heads), relations with the public, relations with Churchill, and relations with the Royal Family. Under these headings, Woolton’s ability to engage the public via a carefully developed media strategy (aided by Howard Marshall), his thinking on the importance of his broadcasts and publicity initiatives is revealed. Insights into the challenges of getting rationing accepted as being ‘fair’, the problems of supply and of relations with farmers is revealed. It also shows the development of relations between Woolton and Churchill, as well as the Royal Family.

Keywords:   Rationing, Food supplies, Colwyn Bay, Churchill, Broadcasting, Criticisms of the Ministry, World War Two, British government, Government policymaking

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