Put your foot in your mouth and then shoot yourself in your foot with a nuke
UK Trident submarines can berth at a few ports, plus a dozen or so offshore "X berths". All at risk from enemy attack or domestic accident. Nearly two decades ago the government ordered the Royal Navy to draw up emergency plans to quell local fears at each location, which of course led to panic and anger.
By then I was a well kent peace protester, albeit accidentally, and I attended the Skye Broadford bay RN public briefing. It was a crowded hall with folding chairs and by the time I arrived late the seats were full and scores of people were standing. The police and the RN were obviously waiting for me to do something, which sounds delusional but they escorted me to one one empty seat in the middle. All the navy bods looked directly at me as they were spraffing their PR spiel. I was just there to hear what was said, I said nothing, I did nothing. I hadn't planned to, and I didn't have to. The crowd got angrier on their own.
To begin with the RN put up a map showing a five mile radius around Broadford bay X Berth from which everyone would be given anti-radiation tablets and evacuated to the local hospital in the event of an accident.
One local asked, "How will we know?"
"The police will drive around announcing it on loud speaker"
"What about the deaf folk?"
"I've a question. You said you'd remove casualties to the hospital outside the danger zone. Have ye no looked at yer map the hospital is inside yer red circle?"
Much fuming and gnashing of teeth, nearly an unplanned riot.
Apparently the PR exercise went even worse at other X berth locations where locals had found out the history of numerous previous accidents that had led local police to say they would not participate in any clean-up.