You’ve probably heard about Enoch at 100 already. This collection of essays in honour of Enoch Powell’s centenary has captivated that section of the public which argues that Powell should be remembered for more than his aberration, the egregious ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. He campaigned for gay rights and the abolition of capital punishment, among many other ‘progressive’ totems.
Over at the Books Blog, Jerry Hayes, the former Conservative MP, has reviewed the book, drawing heavily on Powell’s visionary writings on monetarism, Lords reform and the European project. Powell’s analyses remain pertinent, and I urge you to read the review if only to digest them.
Jerry has also taken the opportunity to recall his memories of sharing a room in the Commons with Powell in the early 80s, an experience that led to a close friendship. And I urge you to read the review if only to see the ‘monster’s’ human face.Tags: Enoch Powell, UK politics