I think the 1964 General Election may have been the trigger for the Hodgson family race discussion. Peter Griffiths (Conservative) stood against Patrick Gordon Walker (Labour) in Smethwick, and against the trend won on an openly racist campaign in which one of the slogans was "If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour." I don't think we've made all that much progress when yesterday a Conservative Education Secretary can't tell the difference between two very different Black men.

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