Britain’s race issue: now and then

Channel 4’s Britain’s Racist Election about the notorious 1964 Smethwick campaign sheds light on our current political climate, says Jasper Rees Controversial: Peter Griffiths campaigning in Smethwick in 1964 in Britain’s Racist Election, Channel 4, 10.00pm Photo: Express & Star Race is proving to be this election’s hot potato, with the meteoric rise of Ukiplinked by … Continue reading

Britain’s most racist election: the story of Smethwick, 50 years on

In 1964, the West Midlands constituency of Smethwick was the most colour-conscious place in the country, and the scene of a Tory campaign that successfully exploited anti-immigrant sentiment. How has the town changed in the years since Malcolm X was inspired to visit in solidarity with its minorities? Malcolm X visiting Smethwick in February 1965, … Continue reading