Firing Line Friday: Enoch Powell and the British Crisis

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     With elections in the U.K., including recent council elections and upcoming (and unexpected) elections for the European Parliament, ‘twould be interesting to watch one of the original opponents of economic integration with the E.U., Enoch Powell. Though most famous for the “Rivers of Blood” speech, Powell opposed entering the European Economic Community (EEC)—a precurser to the E.U.—in 1973 and opposed it again in the 1975 referendum. This interview was in 1974, between those votes, right before the first of two general elections that occurred in 1974, whereby Powell refused to stand with Prime Minister Heath and his pro-EEC policies, and before the second general election that year when he stood for, and won, a seat in Northern Ireland as a Ulster Unionist. It is an interesting contrast, in this interview, with many of those today who might share, at least in part, his views on this and in other things.

     Until next Friday.

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