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Sense on segregation

Segregation along class, racial or religious lines is inevitable and will happen even in tolerant, liberal societies like Britain.

By Paul Ormerod   February 2002

Metropolitan liberals have received a number of shocks in the past few months. One of the biggest was the discovery that many of England’s poor, northern towns and cities are segmented along racial lines. Much in the same way as Edward VIII organised an expedition to the poverty-stricken south Wales coalfields in the 1930s, distinguished committees have visited, discovered and pronounced.

Still, the fact that things which have been obvious for years to anyone with experience of these areas are now wider public knowledge must be good news. The inhabitants of these towns have witnessed the developments with their own…

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