“There was a committee which looked at it and said that if we went on as we are then by the end of the century there would be four million people of the new Commonwealth or Pakistan here. Now, that is an awful lot and I think it means that people are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture and, you know, the British character has done so much for democracy, for law and done so much throughout the world that if there is any fear that it might be swamped people are going to react and be rather hostile to those coming in.”

–Margaret Thatcher, Jan 27, 1978.

The British, whether the common man or the politician, are and have always been wary of outsiders. Even though this is true, immigrants have crossed in large numbers especially Pakistanis. But Thatcher’s fears have become a reality 30 years since then as Islamophobia and general hostility towards immigrants has increased to unprecedented level in the UK. This intolerance has been bred slowly and steadily till the point where it has escalated to Muslims being murdered in the heart of London. UK must address this more seriously and with more political will if it hopes to curb the violence that has spread fear amongst many.