Legislation passed between 1958 and 1968 had the unfortunate effect of instituionalising racism in them UK. Politicians under pressure from the right had made one concessions after another, ensuring that they could not be outflanked.
Immigration laws became an admixture with elections, described by one politician Hugh Gaitskel as 'Miserable, shameful and shabby'. In 1962 the admission's of commonwealth settlers to Britain was linked to employment vouchers. It was the period of Mosley and Cross burning in Coventry, Rugby and Leamington Spa, Ilford, Plaistow and Cricklewood.
By the 1980's Coventry among other major towns and cities was gripped by rebellion brought on by a mixture of policing methods, indifferent politics, and underestimation of blacks unwillingness to contenance intimidation and racism.
Race relations has since then been in the duldrums as blacks became increasingly sceptical about the sincerity of those who claim they want a multicultural society.
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