Britain - A Tolerant Nation?

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Britain – A Tolerant Nation?

        My task is to present my judgment as to how far I think Britain has been a forbearing nation.  

        Before the task itself is conversed I necessitate myself to delineate some of the central themes from the question.  I find the words ‘tolerant’ and ‘nation’ to be the most important words of the question.  Therefore I should commence by writing the delineation of each word from the Oxford English Dictionary:-

Tolerant – 1. Acceptance of other people’s rights to their own opinions or actions.  2. Ability to endure something.

Nation – 1. People of one or more cultures or races organized as a single state.

        As examined previously Britain still remains a Multi Society.  Residing in such places dissimilar people endure different adversities, one of the prime factors being ‘Racism’.

        The first thing that settlers had to do on arriving to Britain was to obtain lodgings; in spite of this a person must have been an occupant for five years before being entitled for council housing.  New arrivals were consequently relying on private housing.  Attacks with explosive devices during the war meant that there was a lack of houses as well as labour.  This was the time when immigrants started facing the problem of the ‘colour bar’.  Many white people would only lease their houses to white and criticise against the black, as there were no principles as yet to preserve the minority against racism.

        As an outcome of the ‘colour bar’, immigrants had very microscopic choice, if any as to where they could live and how much rent they would have to pay.

        Many people who came from the colonial states were skilled, however due to discrimination many ended up with inferior rank jobs than that which their qualifications empowered them to do.   They ended up with generally the jobs that which the white did not want to perform.  The ‘colour bar’ was to such a limit that even trade congress used mercantile arguments to attempt and stop ‘alien’ labour from coming into Britain.  

        In the 1950s and 1960s many Sikhs entered Birmingham in response to labour conscript.  In 1960 the Birmingham City Transport administered a turban prohibition.  To the Sikhs, the wearing of the turban has great devout importance, finding it troublesome to obey; the many Sikhs at Birmingham City Transport went on strike.  Eventually there were prosperous in their going on strike and the turban ban was as a result raised.

        Blacks living in lease accommodations were not authorised visitors and therefore they had to assemble on the street.  Moreover, not all white people were extremists; it was these few white people’s acts of compassion that kept many blacks going when life in Britain was disheartening.

        Some minority ethnic groups were more visual than others and consequently, as a result endured more cultural idiosyncrasy in contrast to those less evident ‘white’ minority tribal groups such as the Irish.

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        The administration including many other white men responded to the dilemma of racism as if the problem was that of the ‘blacks,’ not condemning the white racist conduct.  By 1961 the mercantile development in Britain gradual, Germany and France, on the other hand had regained and were now prosperously striving against the British.  Many people made their minds up now to restraint or stop utterly the immigration of black people.  In 1962 the Conservative party acted upon on this and passed a new law – The Immigration Act (1962).  From now on blacks did not have the same refined rights ...

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