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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, 1942

Minister of Food, 1942

Chapter:
(p.177) Section Three Minister of Food, 1942
Source:
The Diaries and Letters of Lord Woolton 1940-1945
Author(s):
Michael Kandiah, Judith Rowbotham
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266847.003.0007

Diary extracts and correspondence, thematically arranged, with extensive footnotes identifying newspaper coverage of Woolton’s policies and actions on rationing, as the Battle of the Atlantic continued, with the added complication of the entry of the USA into the war, given the impact on supply management. The toll on shipping continued to provide a challenge to imports from the Empire. Woolton’s continuing consciousness of the importance of media-related strategies of explain and so gather public support for Ministry policies (including changes in rations) is revealed, and his continuing frustration with party politics, fellow politicians and other departments (including Agriculture) are revealed. The challenges of engaging with Churchill are shown to have continued, while his positive relations with the Royal Family continued.

Keywords:   Rationing, Coupons, Black Market, Media strategies, Churchill, Food supplies, British Empire exports, Colwyn Bay, World War Two, Government policymaking

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