This column falls neatly between two important anniversaries, neither of which will have been celebrated by many Britons. The first, on June 22, Windrush Day, commemorates the arrival of 492 West Indians to the mother country in 1948. The other, which takes place on Thursday, will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of China’s all-powerful Communist Party. On present trends, we can look forward to celebrating the CCP’s 200th anniversary with parades in cities all over the world.
In 1948, people all over the world wanted to get to the West, which had everything going for it. The US and Britain in particular offered up a glamorous vision of freedom for young people, complete with flashy cars and silk stockings.… Seguir leyendo »