We’re proud to be British – but just a little bit anxious, too


It is often said that it was Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech in 1968 that marked the moment when politicians became wary of debating immigration. “For 40 years we have, by mutual consent, sustained a political silence on the one issue where British people most needed articulate political leadership,” said Sir Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in a 2008 speech to mark four decades since Powell’s incendiary address.

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