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Britain in 1950

A look at the state of the islands immediately following the Second World War.

    In 1950 Britain spent 6.6 per cent of its GDP on defence: more than any major country except the Soviet Union. The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force were second in size and power only to the forces of the United States, and in 1952 Britain became the world's third nuclear power when it detonated an atomic bomb off the coast of Australia.

    Britain was a militarised country, yet until October 1951 it was governed by a Labour party traditionally opposed to militarism. The massive Labour majority at the 1945 general election was largely removed at the 1950 election, but support for Labour remained strong.

    The Conservative revival was helped by the collapse of the Liberal vote, the heating up of the Cold War (which increased government expenditure) and by growing frustration with the continuation of austerity and controls.

by Oui on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 at 10:16:47 PM EST
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sadly, being on the winning side of WWII inflated dreams of the British Empire and remaining an important Global Power in all Britons. Even Labour supporting ones.

Just as Truman could talk of encouraging the wrold to nations of self-determination whilst encourgaing France to restore colonial control of Vietnam, the UK fought for the freedom of europe and the racist domination of coloured peoples around the Globe (for their own good naturally).

It's worth remembering that the Labour govt unilaterally made all white european refugees from nazism into British citizens in 1947, but enacted a secret policy that UK passport holding black people from the Empire would NOT be granted ciizenship in the UK automatically. Thus setting the groundwork for Theresa May's Windrush controversy.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 07:46:17 AM EST
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