Great Britain: Planned Migration


For years Britain has been growing lopsided. As lingering depression shuttered the mills and shipyards of Scotland and the industrial north, hundreds of thousands of workers and their families drifted into southeast England. New industries sprang up, and a blotchy urban sprawl transformed the home counties surrounding London into Poet John Betjeman's "dear old, bloody old England of telephone poles and tin." Greater London is being choked by its population explosion; its birth rate is six times that of the rest of the country. Traffic is so congested in the city that when a magazine staged a race between...

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