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5.0 out of 5 stars The seer who predicted the disaster, 14 April 2013
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This review is from: Enoch at 100: A Re-evaluation of the life, politics and philosophy of Enoch Powell (Kindle Edition)
Enoch Powell would no more have been an effective Prime Minister than would Keith Joseph. But both were gifted with formidable, scholarly, intellects, a clear view of the role of the state and a commitment to the moral dimension of politics.

In the week of Margaret Thatcher's funeral we can see their influence on her, the only post-war leader capable of preventing the mess into which we falling. Keith Joseph gave an all too accurate forecast of the results of the "benefit society" on working class society. Powell anticipated the undermining of the British nation state and its authority by the European "project" (which is turning into a German dominion). Both were savaged and excoriated for their predictions. Both have been proved to be correct.

Powell's was seen to be the more outrageous (because "racist") statement, the "Rivers of Blood" speech seeming more provocative than it actually was (particularly perhaps to non-classicists -99% of the population). Joseph, equally inaccurately, was thought to be sneering at the working class, or a eugenecist attack on it. The Left could easily smear both and the traditional Tory patriarchs resumed their normal practice of throwing the "middling sort" off the sledge to distract and appease the ravenous wolves behind.

This collection of essays on Powell shows that he was emphatically not racist, but appreciated that unrestricted immigration (without - be it noted - asking for or obtaining the consent of those most affected) would profoundly change British society.

Powell had many sides. Formidable academic and scholar, keen linguist, he could also see, while others ignored it, the nature of the community which nationhood brings - the "us" - and which is being deliberately distorted and destroyed by undemocratic politicians. He could also see that the inflexible iron bands of this pseudo European empire (like the Soviet one) will so offend the long-established national awareness of the various subordinate states, that the resulting collapse becomes more certain, not less.
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