"Problems... will arise if many coloured people settle here. Are we to saddle ourselves with colour problems in UK? Attracted by Welfare State. Public opinion in UK won't tolerate it once it gets beyond certain limits... Question is whether it is politically wise to allow public feeling to develop a little more before taking action."After saying it would be 'fatal' to let the situation develop too far, Churchill added:
"Would lke also to study possibility of 'quota' number not to be exceeded."At the same Cabinet meeting, David Maxwell-Fyfe, the Home Secretary, was recorded as saying:
"There is a case on merits for excluding riff-raff. But politically it would be represented and discussed on basis of colour limitation. That would offend the floating vote viz. the old Liberals. We should be reversing age-long tradition that British subjects have right of entry to mother-country of Empire. We shoulds offend Liberals, also sentimentalists...Florence Horsbrugh, Minister of Education and Conservative MP for Manchester Moss Side, added:
The colonial populations are resented in Liverpool, Paddington and other areas by those who come into contact with them... Those who don't are apt to take a more Liberal view."
"Already becoming serious in Manchester."At another meeting discussing the re-introduction of corporal punishment on 20 November 1952, Churchill is quoted saying:
"Should we clutter ourselves up with enquiry when public opinion may give us chance to restore flogging for all crimes of violence and cruelty? Alternative is to devise much stiffer conditions of imprisonment. What about a plebiscite on corporal punishment?... re-introducing for 3 or 5 years, to see if it does reduce crime?"I'm with Winston on immigration and flogging.
How about you?
Sir Norman Brook's original Cabinet observations can be seen in the 5 August 2007 edition of The Observer.