Chinese Immigration into Britain

The British people have always been guided by sentiment and morality, and it is that fact largely which gives them their power and standing. He is no ordinary criminal. He is the greatest genius which the powers of evil have put on earth for centuries... and his mission in Europe is to pave the way! Do you follow me? He is the advance agent of a movement so epoch-making that not one Britisher, and not one American, in fifty thousand has ever dreamed of it.

The above two extracts from speeches relate to questions Chinese in the years before the First World n War. The first was delivered by the Liberal Prime Minister, Campbell-Bannerman, during a Commons debate on February 22nd, 1906. He was endeavouring to summarise what he took to be the British electorate's conscientious revulsion against the employment of coolie labour on the South African Rand.

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