Looking at the furore over Nigel Hastilow this week, it really is astounding what a hot potato Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech remains nearly 40 years later.
You can read it here. Is the fuss overblown? Sometimes I think it is, and sometimes I think it isn't.
I met Enoch Powell once. Back in the early 1990s as I recall, I was in some sort of Private Sector/Civil Service discussion group to whom he spoke at a weekend conference. I can clearly remember talking to him with a glass of wine in my hand at an al fresco buffet and thinking "this is a turn up for the books". I've no recollection at all of what was said.
Friday, November 09, 2007
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