At direct government urgings, there are large tracts of land that are given over to the cultivation of the palaver somniferum, for the very good reason that the opium is essential for the NHS.
It is of course papaver somniferum but given the nonsense that is talked about the subject the error makes a certain amount of sense.
I hadn\’t, I admit, known that there was commercial production in the UK. I thought we bought it all from Turkey or Tasmania. Still, live and learn, eh?