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Was the Windrush Generation Invited to Britain? – England Lives

Was the Windrush Generation Invited to Britain?

Diversity Macht Frei (with editorial additions by Ureenfly)
April 17th, 2018

Editor’s Note: The British Nationality Act of 1948 changed the legislation of British Nationality from distinguishing between that of a British native (that is racially British) and an alien, to a new type of citizenship granted to all British people and natives of the colonies. They called it ‘citizen of the United Kingdom and her Colonies’ or CUKC for short.

The native Brits went from being the rightful inhabitors of the kingdom to having officially recognised CUKC status. –End editor’s note.

History is being rewritten before our eyes. Politicians and journalists are publicly claiming that Caribbean negroes were “invited” to Britain to alleviate a post-war labour shortage; and that, consequently, the British people owe them a debt of gratitude for helping rebuild the country after the war. This is a gross falsification of history.

Colonial negroes were certainly not invited. Clem Attlee’s Labour government regarded the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship, bearing the first large contingent of colonial blacks, with absolute horror. British government officials over many years pursued a variety of covert strategems to limit the influx of brown-skinned people. What they were not willing to do, however, was the only thing that would have worked: publicly imposing a “Colour Bar” on immigration.

Here are some extracts from a book called “Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era” that reveal the reaction of officials to the arrival of the Windrush.

Neither Clement Attlee nor the civil servants under his charge welcomed the ship, and   both government and administration did all in their power to prevent further arrivals.  Yet their actions were hamstrung by the dictates of formal nationality policy, which   provided all British subjects with free entry to the United Kingdom.


The impending arrival of the Empire Windrush received an immediate response from government officials, who recognized that its passengers were unlike any who had come to Britain before.These colonial subjects had not been recruited by the British government and were not seamen. Rather, they were traveling as independent British subjects and  were thus beyond the public control of the Colonial Office. These perceptions shaped the bureaucratic response to the Windrush and thereby conditioned the migrants’  experiences in Britain. The Cabinet Economic Policy Committee, meeting in mid June  1948, before  the Empire Windrush had even docked, acknowledged somewhat wistfully that as private persons traveling at their own expense” the Jamaicans could not be stopped,   but the committee suggested that they might be sent on to East Africa to work on the   groundnuts scheme. In any case, the committee requested a report from the Colonial  Secretary, Arthur Creech Jones, both on “this incident” and on proposals for preventing  its repetition. The subsequent report had a distinct air of the battle station about it,   supporting the characterization of one later observer that the government saw the  Empire Windrush as “a sort of slave transportation engineered by evil agencies somewhere in the Carribean.”

The Colonial Office report made clear to Cabinet members that the individuals on board  the Windrush were British subjects and therefore entitled to come and work in Britain.   The migration was “a spontaneous movement” that neither the colonial government of  Jamaica nor the imperial government of the United Kingdom had the “legal power” to  prevent.

…Responding to a request from Attlee for identification of the organizers of the  “incursion,” the Colonial Office admitted that it did not know the identity of the  “ringleaders” of the “enterprise,” but it had taken steps to ensure that further “influxes” were discouraged.

…Speaking in Parliament, Minister of Labour George Isaacs expressed the hope that “no  encouragement will be given to others to follow their example.” Similarly, Arthur Creech   Jones reassured the House that while the government could not “interfere with the movement of British subjects,” the episode was unlikely to be repeated.

…The government’s response to colonial migration hardened with each arriving ship. From 1948 through 1953, around two thousand West Indians migrated to Britain each  year. Yet as early as the arrival of the third ship of the year, the Reina del Pacifico, in December 1948, officials decided that no further assistance on the lines of that provided to  the Windrush and its successor the Orbita, would be given in future. Officials feared that by meeting the ships, and distributing free travel warrants (in an effort to disperse the  “coloured population” throughout the country), they were in fact encouraging other  colonials to migrate.

…Acknowledging the difficulty of rejecting young English-speaking female British subjects for textile jobs that clearly existed, ministry officials  questioned whether they should justify exclusion on wider grounds. This broadening of  its case was based on the general conviction that Britain’s “small coloured population”   should not be increased and on the specific proposition that “the moral standards of   the young women in the Isles are quite different from those that prevail in this    country.” The ministry’s arguments had their effect. A perceived lack of suitable  vacancies, a shortage of accommodation, and a general fear of the social implications of  introducing “coloured persons” led the working party in the summer of 1949 to advise  against the large-scale recruitment of colonial labor.

…Shortly after the arrival of the Empire Windrush, a group of Labour MPs stated in a letter to the Prime Minister their fear that uncontrolled immigration without any selection  on grounds of health, education, character, or customs constituted a threat to the “profound unity” of the “British people.” Specifically, the MPs feared that “an influx of coloured   people domiciled here is likely to impair the harmony, strength and cohesion of   our public and social life and to bring discord and unhappiness among all concerned.”

[Far from inviting blacks to Britain, the government took measures to deter them from coming.]

…The Colonial Office attempted to enlist yet further help from West Indian governments in slowing down the migration rate by sending telegrams that emphasized the likelihood of unemployment upon arrival in Britain and warned of the difficulties for those already in Britain should additional migrants continue to travel. The Colonial Office ensured that material reaching the UK High Commissions emphasized migrants’ problems and ignored successes and achievements. In addition, ministers discussed the possibility of employing the BBC to interview migrants who had returned to their “native countries” dissatisfied with their experience in Britain. Kilmuir’s Cabinet committee hoped that “publicity of this kind might be effective in discouraging other immigrants from setting out.” Aware of the potential political dangers of this step, ministers urged that it be pursued with “due discretion, avoiding any appearance of government intervention.”


Source:”Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwr Era” by Kathleen Paul

Windrush

Apologies for the messy text-formatting here. I don’t see any way round it.

Editor’s note: Synchronicity is very real. I really do believe the universe throws these things up.

Things like this are just too poignant to not have some kind of spiritual depth to them.

There was a thing on The Daily Shoah the other day where a guy who lives in Japan uploaded his book (which is pretty Alt-Right in its content) for purchase, for what he considered to be a fair price in Yen. That price converted into $14.88.

Sometimes the universe winks at you. And giving British natives CUKC status so you can import brown people to replace them is not ‘a coincidence’. It’s the work of a grand playwright with a cosmically sophisticated sense of humour. – Ureenfly