Metropolitan Policies and the Colonial Empire, 1957–64
The post-Churchillian strategy, largely evolved in 1954–6 and surfacing publicly in 1957, naturally needed time to produce results. Steady efforts were envisaged to stimulate Britain’s industrial modernization; these were buttressed by the turn towards Europe, and the intention to cut defence costs while at least holding the line on other overseas expenditure. Notice had been served on colonies and Commonwealth alike that aid and development capital would be tighter in future and, while efforts to increase international cooperation and funding would continue, that the private investor would play the major part in decisions as to where money would go. Meanwhile, such varied advantages as the sterling area and commonwealth connections might provide were to be maintained where possible: sentiment and the need for international goodwill, as well as prudent commonsense, dictated no less. Clarification of the official mind on these issues had moved ahead of events in the colonies themselves. There, progress in Ghana, Malaya, and even Cyprus, gave no grounds for rethinking the piecemeal approach to political change, and in the colonies with plural societies the promotion of multi-racial politics was the well-settled line of advance.
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