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27 July 1989
The Lives of Enoch​ Powell 
by Patrick Cosgrave.
Bodley Head, 518 pp., £16, April 1989, 0 370 30871 9
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... election is the presence on its benches of some individuals of great character, great intellect or great oddity. Few moments have more become the House of Commons since the war than the speech of EnochPowell in the early hours of 28 July 1959 on the scandalous deaths of Kikuyu prisoners at Hola camp in Kenya. It was delivered with precision of language, in ordered sequence and with what the ...

I am a classical scholar, and you are not

Peter Clarke: Enoch Powell

7 March 2013
Enoch​ at 100: A Re-evaluation of the Life, Politics and Philosophy of Enoch​ Powell 
edited by Lord Howard of Rising.
Biteback, 320 pp., £25, June 2012, 978 1 84954 310 1
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... John EnochPowell was an eminent classical scholar, as his entry in Who’s Who proclaimed: Craven Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1931; First Chancellor’s Classical Medallist; Porson Prizeman; Browne ...

Wedded to the Absolute

Ferdinand Mount: Enoch Powell

26 September 2019
Enoch PowellPolitics and Ideas in Modern Britain 
by Paul Corthorn.
Oxford, 233 pp., £20, August, 978 0 19 874714 7
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... There is​ still no plaque at the Midland Hotel, Birmingham (now rebranded as the Macdonald Burlington), to mark the spot where EnochPowell delivered his famous speech on 20 April 1968. Yet of all the speeches delivered by British politicians in the 20th century, or come to that in the 21st, it remains the most memorable, surpassing even ...
6 July 1989
The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain win? 
by Michael Heseltine.
Weidenfeld, 226 pp., £14.95, May 1989, 0 297 79608 9
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... in 1950 is not significantly different from Mrs Thatcher’s reluctance to join the European Monetary System today. The determination to retain economic sovereignty – which united Michael Foot and EnochPowell in opposition to Britain’s entry in the debate of October 1971 – is the most persistent of the themes that have run since the Schuman Plan. In an introductory gallop through a thousand ...

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Thomas Jones: War Talk

6 February 2003
... considers a different word – e.g. anthrax, cowardice, freedom, jihad – but the overall argument is against propaganda and simplification, in favour of honesty and its prerequisite, complexity. EnochPowell once said that Britain’s foreign policy was to do whatever America wanted before having to be asked – a view that’s still half appropriate, anyway. Norman Tebbit, capitalising on the ...
7 February 1991
Them: Voices from the Immigrant Community in Contemporary Britain 
by Jonathon Green.
Secker, 421 pp., £16.99, October 1990, 0 436 20005 8
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The Golden Thread: Asian Experiences of Post-Raj Britain 
by Zerbanoo Gifford.
Pandora, 236 pp., £17.99, October 1990, 0 04 440605 3
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... their numbers grew as Asian refugees from newly-independent Kenya and Uganda looked to their British passports for security. There was public concern. ‘They’ began to be seen as a ‘problem’. EnochPowell prophesied ‘rivers of blood’ and white working-class fascists shaved their heads. A series of Immigration Acts was passed, dividing families, stemming the flow. Most of the migrant workers ...

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Daniel Soar: David Davis v. Miss Great Britain

3 July 2008
... and rubbed his hands at the thought of the Tory divisions that must surely lie beneath; only to be told by eager citizen bloggers that there were clear precedents – George Lansbury in 1912, EnochPowell in 1958 – and that Davis was an incarnation of that forgotten thing: the politician with principles, a man standing up for his beliefs. Never mind that, as it transpired, he would be ...

Diary

Peter Clarke: True or False?

16 August 1990
... In fact, Ridley simply showed a recklessness of the consequences and an incapacity to conceal a smoking gun which marked him as not so much an adroit apprentice to Thatcher as a faithful disciple of PowellEnochPowell, that is. For the second extraordinary record of Government thinking which this affair has released again bears the label, His Master’s Voice. When that dispassionately discreet ...

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Inigo Thomas: At the Ladbroke Arms

22 February 2018
... or from the worst instincts of its increasingly reactionary politicians. ‘Pro-EU people are trying to frighten and bully the British people into mistrusting their own instincts and common sense,’ EnochPowell said before the referendum in 1975 – he remains the founding father of Conservative anti-Europeans. Not that he was afraid to be bullying or frightening. This is the first and last election ...

Someone Else

Adam Phillips: Paul Muldoon

4 January 2007
The End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures on Poetry 
by Paul Muldoon.
Faber, 406 pp., £25, October 2006, 0 571 22740 6
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Horse Latitudes 
by Paul Muldoon.
Faber, 107 pp., £14.99, October 2006, 0 571 23234 5
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... else: ‘I suppose that when I think of bees,’ he writes in an early poem, ‘Bechbretha’, ‘I think of a row of hives/running up the side of an orchard/in Loughbrickland,/and then I think of EnochPowell.’ If you notice the way your mind happens to work rather than getting waylaid by why it works as it does, you sacrifice old-fashioned ideas of depth and purpose – which always go together ...

At the Barbican

Jeremy Harding: Pilger pictures

23 August 2001
... wharves of an imperial outpost in the tropics (and so, in a single frame, the history of the city is evoked); a woman under an umbrella treads the pavement in front of the terrace. Garrett’s EnochPowell, photographed in 1970, is a gifted snake-oil salesman, with a touch of Olivier in The Entertainer, grinning over a hustings portrait of himself. In another shot, his rapt audience all incline to the ...

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Andrew O’Hagan: A journey to citizenship

16 November 2006
... to integrate’, and it might seem churlish of me to have requested from the Home Office a second book, one that might detail the history of ‘celebratory’ integration in the homeland of EnochPowell and Stephen Lawrence. The problem – or the hilarity – begins when one begins to read the code of honour that seems to be inscribed between the plain-speaking lines of the manual. One need hardly ...
2 January 2003
...  must be always thought – – go back see England and Ireland force the Jews out watch the Crusaders those mailclad terrorist invaders making rivers of blood in Palestine (not Virgil via EnochPowell) recall the Dreyfus case anti-semites packed in Austria-Hungary and Poland Croatia the Ukraine – the list is endless it turns one’s bowels and must be made in every generation as we count the ...
25 October 1979
... selection, entitled Severe Joy, is listed for publication next year by John Calder. They abound in fantastic, and often very funny, descriptions of the people he disapproves of (such as Mrs Thatcher, EnochPowell, Ian Paisley, the Royal Family and Jesus Christ) engaged in eccentric forms of sexual intercourse. One might almost assume from a few of these scatological diatribes that he thought there was ...

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Chris Mullin: Michael Foot

25 March 2010
... him for the defeat: there were many other factors. As a parliamentarian, he was a romantic, erring on the side of caution, even conservatism, when it came to reform. In the 1960s, he combined with EnochPowell to mount an epic resistance to Lords reform on the grounds that he was interested only in abolition (Powell, of course, wanted to leave the Lords unchanged). In the 1980s he opposed the ...

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