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“Tea ain’t from Britain”: what our obsession with tea tells us about who we are

No country has a weirder relationship with an agricultural product as the British do with tea

By Jonathan Nunn   May 2020

Rishi and his tea. Photo: Twitter

During last year’s general election campaign, the Conservative Party released a video of Boris Johnson wandering through CCHQ faux-casually answering questions that veered between banality (Boris, why are we having this election?) to the inane (Marmite, yes or no?), simultaneously showing off his chummy, faux-everyman credentials while delivering the core of the manifesto in easily digestible soundbites.

About halfway through, Johnson made a cup of tea, topping it up with a dash of semi-skimmed milk and leaving the bag in to stew. The next morning,…

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