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Why did 40 million Britons in 1948 need help from Jamaican immigrants when Japan has never needed such help to rebuild itself?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Britain took Marshall Plan money but not US assistance in rebuilding (as did Japan and Germany). Your local population was too beaten down by the war to do all that rebuilding by itself and you still had millions of subjects around the world who hadn't been likewise traumatized. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    By Jamaicans? Well...doubt (in 1655) Japan needed to steal the country from Spain, nor did they care about concentration camps in South Africa or torture in Kenya (rape, castration and systematic beating of Mau Mau fighters).  Never mind 'Jamaica' - You ever hear of the Tasmanian aboriginals? That’s right...we committed literal genocide and wiped out a whole indigenous population. But never mind - we still hold that - er...'special relationship' with America, despite their contempt of us. Talking of the Americans - they had a great deal to do with the re-building of Japan after 1945.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Britain embarked on building a welfare state and had massive shortages (tens of thousands) in nursing and auxiliary jobs and long waiting lists of people needing treatment. The existing workforce was depleted and the biggest efforts went into manufacturing (hard to imagine these days) with everything that could be sold going for export to rebuild the economy. People wanted better jobs than cleaning and being a guard on an underground train so there were vacancies in the service industries that were filled by West Indian (and other) commonwealth citizens who had the right to come to the UK. And that's what they did.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    We didn't need their help.

    The British people were never consulted as to whether savages should infest our country.  The witless Labour Party took it upon themselves to bring them here and 10 years later we had race riots. Unfortunately, they didn't listen to indigenous Brits so we are now paying the price.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Enoch Powell, the Tory Health Minister from 1960-1963, begged workers for help from the Caribbean to come Britain  

    Immigrants Act of 1962, gave all Commonwealth citizens the status of British citizenship.  

    conservatives were in government

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Allies occupied Germany - that meant a lot of people from Britain having to be in Europe. And when they were there, they were not in Britain rebuilding the damaged cities and infrastructure. Women who had been working returned to the home and there were labour shortages on the transport network, in manufacturing, and the new NHS. The Government allowed Commonwealth citizens the right to settle in Britain so they were not technically immigrants. The Japanese were all sent back to rebuild their country with help from the Americans and were not much more than forced labour. 

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