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bThe Breton nationalists have made contacts with the IRA. bFrance will lose even more of its stability and “unity of the Re- bpublic” in the years to come. The Bretons are not French. They bare different.

Britain: Asians, Blacks, Scots, Welsh

bIt used to be said as one looked at the worldwide expanse of bBritish real estate, that “the sun never sets on the British Em- bpire.” The sun has no such problem today, as Britain has bshrunk to the dimensions of a tiny island. And even that shows bdisturbing signs of disintegration.

bIn April 1980 a full-scale race riot (some termed it an “up- brising”) occurred in the generally placid southwest English city bof Bristol. So violent was the outbreak that the police fled the barea, leaving the St. Paul’s region of the city to the mercies of the bmob. It was a riot of blacks against whites, and the remarkable bthing is that, in the words of one account, “it took them and the bwhole country by surprise.”

bIn terms of color, Britain for centuries was a homogeneous bnation. “White as an angel is the English child,” wrote poet bWilliam Blake, and until World War II he certainly was. Britain brecruited tens of thousands of Commonwealth nation people to bhelp it fight the Nazis, and in the postwar labor shortage it al- blowed in many West Indians to take the menial jobs that the bwhite British did not want. In 1948, with the empire falling bapart, the British desperately tried to imbue it with a sense of b“Britishness.” And so the British Nationality Act was passed, bdeclaring all Commonwealth citizens to be also citizens of the bUnited Kingdom. Britain was never the same.

bWaves of nonwhites flowed freely into the country so that, btoday, official figures list some two million of them, representing b3.5 percent of the population. But most British scoff at this, for bthe government conveniently ignores the number of illegal immi- bgrants. Thus, if the government claimed that 43,000 nonwhites bimmigrated to Britain in 1978, police estimate that some 90,000 bmore arrived illegally.

bIn general, the nonwhite residents by 1979 were broken bdown as follows: West Indies, 620,000; African Asians, 180,000; bAfrican Africans, 110,000; India, 430,000; Pakistan, 240,000; bMediterranean (Cyprus), 160,000; Oceania/Asia, 130,000; bBangladesh, 50,000. It is interesting, of course, to note that some bof the immigrants came because of ethnic persecution in their b 

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