Blacks feel more British

A survey of black people living in Britain shows that 40 per cent think of themselves as British rather than African or Afro-Caribbean.

The NOP poll of 18- to 35-year-olds, commissioned by the black weekly newspaper New Nation also found 52 per cent believed that race relations had improved over the past five years.

However, 40 per cent believed race relations had deteriorated.

The paper's publisher, Tetteh Kofi, said that the results showed that society held many misconceptions about the way black people feel. "This survey shows that black people in Britain, despite social challenges, are making a go of their lives as an integral part of the UK," he said. Only 27 per cent of those questioned thought ethnic-minority affairs were covered effectively on television.