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Was Enoch Powell Right with His Rivers of Blood Speech?

Was Enoch Powell Right with His Rivers of Blood Speech?

WAS ENOCH POWER RIGHT WITH HIS RIVERS OF BLOOD SPEECH? – The Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham on April 20 1968 was the day when Enoch Power stood on the podium and delivered a speech that was to seen him politically ostracized.

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Within days of his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech Enoch Powell was removed from parliament after his speech was denounced by the Tory leader Edward Heath.

“The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature.” Enoch Powell

The above is just the opening paragraph of what was a lengthy address to the Conservative Association. You can read the full transcript here.

Yesterday Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, was asked if he agreed with what Enoch Powell had to say and Mr. Farage conceded that ‘the basic principle’ behind the speech had clear merit in that the indigenous population is beginning to feel like strangers in their own country.

What drove Enoch Powell to write and deliver such a speech; what was then and now considered by the Liberal left-wing as so offensive due to its clear racist and bigoted overtones?

It was of course a constituent who engaged Enoch Powell in to conversation and stated;

“If I had the money to go, I wouldn’t stay in this country. I have three children, all of them been through grammar school and two of them married now, with family. I shan’t be satisfied till I have seen them all settled overseas. In this country in 15 or 20 years’ time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man.”

Enoch Powell then pushed on with …

“I can already hear the chorus of execration. How dare I say such a horrible thing? How dare I stir up trouble and inflame feelings by repeating such a conversation?

The answer is that I do not have the right not to do so. Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that his country will not be worth living in for his children.”

Encoch Powell was now in his stride and went on to warn the audience that by the year 2000 whole areas and towns across England would be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant descended population.

The liberal ideology of a multicultural cohesive society was also effectively disentangled during his speech as he went on to state…

“The other dangerous delusion, from which those who are wilfully or otherwise blind to realities suffer, is summed up in the word “integration.” To be integrated into a population means to become for all practical purposes indistinguishable from its other members.”

Such a notion is clear in 2014 as we continue to call for greater social integration and blindly march into the darkness with no light to guide us.

We can live together but such requires a greater understanding and acceptance of culture and religion; not from the indigenous population but rather from the immigrants.

When you look at social integration in modern times it becomes clearly apparent that Enoch Powell fully realised the social implications as he continued…

“Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population. The cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, that can so rapidly overcast the sky, has been visible recently in Wolverhampton and has shown signs of spreading quickly. The words I am about to use, verbatim as they appeared in the local press on 17 February, are not mine, but those of a Labour Member of Parliament who is a minister in the present government:

‘The Sikh communities’ campaign to maintain customs inappropriate in Britain is much to be regretted. Working in Britain, particularly in the public services, they should be prepared to accept the terms and conditions of their employment. To claim special communal rights (or should one say rites?) leads to a dangerous fragmentation within society. This communalism is a canker; whether practised by one colour or another it is to be strongly condemned.

All credit to John Stonehouse for having had the insight to perceive that, and the courage to say it.”

The issues pointed out above not only materialized with the onslaught of political correctness and the indoctrination of the liberal left but it has materialised even to a level that Enoch Powell couldn’t ever have truly envisaged.

Despite our wish to be tolerant from a growing intolerant segment of the population the ideology of creating a cohesive multicultural community has been stifled by the liberal instance that certain segments of the population should be awarded ‘special communal right’ whilst the rest of us are silenced under the ever growing weight of legislation to prevent us from discriminating; unfortunately discrimination is a two-way street that liberals refuse to accept.

Enoch Powell proceeded with the clear dangers such segregated integration causes through force; that is the continuous march on creating laws to suppress any form of open dialogue to address the issues we face…

“For these dangerous and divisive elements the legislation proposed in the Race Relations Bill is the very pabulum they need to flourish. Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organise to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

The final passage has to be one of the most profound pieces of literature written by a politician for it clearly depicts the future whereby our very silence can and will eventually lead to violence…

“Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.”

Enoch Powell has been labeled a racist and a bigot and yet history now clearly defines British society as a disingenuous society in which freedom of expression, the ability to engage in open and frank dialogue, has been oppressed by those who refuse to see the destruction of a communities across the UK because such an acknowledgement would pay tribute to a man that knew full well what was coming and how legislation from the liberal quarter would be used in order to silence opposition.

The liberals have it wrong but even in the face of growing evidence that communities are becoming more and more segregated they refused to acknowledge their failings.

With the right of free movement Britain now faces an ever growing problem, as Enoch Powell envisioned.  The question remains… ‘Is it possible to create a multicultural cohesive community?’

The answer to this is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in that those not indigenous to Britain should adopt the British culture; after all no one forced them to enter the UK.  Yes, we can create a cohesive society but this would require scrapping many of the liberal ideologies and laws that forced us to remain quiet to the problems we face.

A cohesive society is one of like-minded people; this in turn creates respect and appreciation of one another.  It’s time we removed the elements of ‘special communal right’ for differing cultural and indeed religious beliefs for these are simply not compatible with the indigenous and will eventually lead to open violence on the streets.

Regardless how you label this article; that being racist, bigoted or indeed simply bringing to light the truth, none of us want to see the streets of Britain run rampant with violence and therefore it’s time to put aside the liberal indoctrination and ideology that we are all racists and bigots and simply understand the real truth… we are simply different and that divide needs to be bridged through greater adoption of British culture and religion by those who wish to reside in the UK.

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