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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Enoch Powell

Today is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the late great Enoch Powell - classical scholar, soldier, poet and politician; Such a date should not pass unnoted.

Powell was a full professor of (ancient) Greek at 25, joined the British army as a private shortly after the start of the Second World War rising to the rank of brigadier by the end of the war and subsequently had the political career for which he is mainly remembered.  At the time of his death he was learning his twelfth language - Hebrew.  Even a quick look at his entry in wikipedia confirms what a remarkable man he was. 

Indeed, such is the significance of Enoch Powell that the mere mention of his name can still destroy the career of a Conservative politician.  Why one might ask is that?  The answer is two words - immigration and Europe.

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