In a book first published in 1941, Sir Ivor Jennings ( 1966, pp. 8–9), a leading expert on British politics in the mid-twentieth century, wrote: Great Britain is a small island with a very homogeneous population. Few think of themselves as primarily English, Scots or Welsh. The sting has long been taken out of religious controversy. The country is so interdependent that there is little economic agitation on a regional basis, as there sometimes is in a large country like the United States. There are class divisions and (what is often the same thing) economic divisions, but they are not wide or deep, and they are tending to disappear through heavy taxation at the one end and high wage rates at the other. We are a closely knit economic unit, with a large measure of common interests and a long political tradition.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
- Life In Contemporary Britain
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number
- Chapter 4