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on 24 February 2013
An experiment in social engineering that the British peoples never asked for and never wanted.
History reveals to us that fundamentally different peoples require their own living space. It is only when biologically homogenous societies are interfered with that racial hatred occurs-the fault of those liberals who have and are masterminding this insanity.
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VINE VOICEon 22 November 2016
It’s a work of social history structured as a series of chronological interviews with additional material by the authors which provides context and explanation and it is absolutely fascinating. I can’t actually remember why I decided to order it from Amazon, especially given my normal lightweight choice of reading material, but it’s not unknown for me. I also own a copy of Bloody Foreigners by Robert Windeler which is a history of immigration into Britain from the very earliest of times and is an interesting complement to Windrush. The Phillips brothers do briefly provide an account of black people in Britain but they really begin with the Second World War when men from the Caribbean came to join the armed forces to fight for their motherland which gives a context for the post-war immigrations when their reception was very different.

The book is clearly from the point of view of the black immigrants which is hardly surprising as the authors, both respected writers and journalists (I read several of Mike P’s crime novels a number of years ago) are black and grew up in London during the 50’s. But it also is balanced as it attempts to explain the racism the West Indians encountered without rancour. In an interview with a (white) newspaper editor who was a good friend of Enoch Powell, Powell is revealed as cultured, intellectual, deeply Christian, and an absolutely conscientious constituency MP more so than anyone the editor ever met. Powell was also incapable of admitting he could ever be wrong even incontrovertible facts proved it. Their friendship ended with the Rivers of Blood speech. Ironically, the phrase is a classical allusion and it’s possible it wasn’t even meant literally.
Windeler’s history reveals a consistent pattern of the indigenous inhabitants to successive waves of immigration -initial hostility, grudging acceptance, integration. Windrush mirrors this pattern to an extent, only limited by the fact that it was written/compiled almost a generation ago and integration/acceptance have continued apace, though there are always shadows. One significant fact is that Britain has the highest proportion of mixed-race marriages in the West.

On reflection, I think that my subconscious reason for picking up this excellent book are my concerns over Brexit and the unstoppable rise of Donald Trump, both of which have encouraged the racist right, feeling legitimised by both, to come crawling out of the woodwork and into the light of day and in particular to attack the latest visible immigrant group -Moslems.
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on 24 October 1999
This is a compelling, educative, beautifully conceived and composed book. It combines insightful commentary with equally insightful interviews. It gives a clear picture of the brutal realities of racism in Britain and also records ordinary folks' nuanced wisdoms about human nature. I highly recommend this book.
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on 11 June 2017
I totally agree that this is an excellent book and very informative about how the Windrush immigrants helped to create the numbers of African people that live in Britain today. Ironically, I just finished writing a blog on African people in Britain before the arrival of the Windrush. It appears that as early as the 3rd century AD there were Roman African troops guarding a section of Hadrian's Wall. And in 1953, the Eastbourne Ancestors Project uncovered an archaeological site wiht around 300 graves dating back to the Roman period in the UK. Some of the skeletal remains proved to be African and there was evidence to show they must have had high status in the community, based on the items in their graves. The information learned from this discovery shows that early Britain had a population mix that was more multicultural than previous historians had suspected- my blog is at Kemet36.wordpress.com
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on 14 November 2013
How soon we forget. I found this book incredibly insightful. Aspects and accounts were sad, but the sadness was soon replaced by my admiration of the resilience and strength of the Caribben immigrants of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
They have a lot to be proud of, the generations behind should read and find their own purpose and opportunities to be and make a difference.
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on 25 February 2018
I have learn a lot about back history in Britain
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on 8 August 2011
This is a good book if you want to get a feel for the black experience of post war Britain, thus it's main strength is the excellent and diverse interviews with Black Britons and the intersting questions and conclusions that derive from them.
It is not so good as a history book however as it concentrates on particular aspects and locations rather than giving a comprehensive overview. This probably reflects its origins as an impressionistic TV series rather than a book.
Overall interesting but certainly not a definitive account.
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on 17 September 2017
Arrived as expected - a great edition to my collection!
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on 28 June 2017
A must read for everybody in this country!!!!
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