Our Time Has Come

Whether or not the Conservatives remain in power, Britain's new Parliament will almost surely be different in one significant respect: color. Although about 4% of the country's 56 million people are nonwhite -- mostly of Asian or Afro-Caribbean origin -- there have been no nonwhite members in the House of Commons in 58 years. Three Asians served briefly between 1892 and 1929, but no black has ever taken a seat. This time three nonwhite candidates, all running on the Labor Party ticket, are expected to be among the 650 members of the new Commons. Says Marc Wadsworth, a black television journalist...