Enoch Powell Facts

  • Enoch Powell Voted for the Labour Party in 1945 in protest over the Conservative party's policy of appeasement to Hitler's Germany in the late 1930s
  • Enoch Powell learnt 12 languages during his lifetime, his last language he learnt was Hebrew.
  • Enoch Powell was a staunch critic of American Foreign Policy, criticising war and foreign policy in Vietnam, Iraq, Iran and other the nuclear deterrent.
  • Powell described the American boycott of the 1980s Moscow Olympics 'pathetic to the point of farce' - over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Powell voted against the death penalty and for reform on homosexual law.
  • In 1939, Powell returned to England to join the armed forces. He bought a Russian dictionary saying "Russia would hold the key to our survival and victory, as it had in 1812 and 1916"
  • In 1941, he helped plan the attack on Rommel's forces in Africa at the Battle of El Alamein.
  • At the end of the war Powell had been promoted to brigadier.
  • As a youngster, his greatest ambition was to be viceroy of India
  • After Indian independence in 1947, Powell changed his mind over the British Empire, he now thought Britain should give up the whole Empire.
  • In 1959, Powell gave an emotional defence of Mau Mau Kenyans that some MPs had described as sub human
  • Denis Healey, MP later said that speech was "the greatest parliamentary speech I ever heard... it had all the moral passion and rhetorical force of Demosthenes".
  • In 1960 Powell was made health minister. He took little if any action over babies deformed by the drug thalidomide,
  • Powell is best remembered for his "Rivers of Blood" Speech made in 1968
  • "As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'.
  • In 1968, Powell also spelt out a radical free-market economic policy in Morecambe - foreshadowing the Monetarist experiment of the 1980s.
  • At the age of 80, he was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease.
  • Powell produced four published collections of poetry: First Poems; Casting Off; Dancer's End; and The Wedding Gift. His Collected Poems appeared in 1990
  • Between Oct 1974–1987 Enoch Powell was Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for South Down, Northern Ireland.
  • In 1974 Powell turned down an invitation to stand for the National Front
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