Rivers of blood 50 years on

7.10  ·  9,306 ratings  ·  751 reviews
rivers of blood 50 years on

Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On by Raheem Kassam

Fifty years on from the most dramatic post-war speech in Britain, this updated view is a VERY important part of the continuing debate. Enoch never goes away. -- Nigel Farage MEP

Enoch Was Right is an explosive new take on a speech that changed the nature of the debate surrounding immigration into the Western world for decades to come.

Written by British author Raheem Kassam, himself of Indian-Muslim extraction, the book accuses the political establishment of being complicit in misrepresenting Enoch Powell, or too intellectually lacking to understand and convey the nuances of Powells speech, instead rejecting it as a racist or fascist turn.

With an exclusive interview on the subject with Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Kassam analyses in depth the changing nature of UK demographics, crime statistics, integration, the race relations industry, and more. More often than not, Kassam finds that Enoch was right in his predictions for the future of the United Kingdom.

Kassam is the author of the bestselling No Go Zones: How Shariah Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You.
File Name: rivers of blood 50 years on.zip
Size: 99821 Kb
Published 13.07.2019

‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, 50 years on: The school at the centre of the controversy - ITV News

Rivers of Blood 50 years on

S aturday-night line-ups are no strangers to controversy , but Radio 4 is generally the exception. Or does this imbue what was effectively a racist rant, albeit a historically significant one, the status of an intellectual endeavour deserving close textual analysis? These questions are instilled with added pertinence given the sensitive context: living Britons experienced real pain as a consequence, and our political discourse on immigration and race has recently too often veered into the toxic. Rajan at several points made the case we needed to hear a rendition of the full speech in order to properly understand its inflammatory nature. But he failed to justify what was essentially a historical re-enactment, with him introducing long chunks of the 3,word speech in the present tense, as if the listener was there in the room. Ultimately, the programme was not quite sure what it wanted to be.

Among euphemisms such as "preventable evils" and other uncannily familiar anti-establishment, populist sentiment "What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking" , examination of the transcript reveals that the speech doesn't contain the phrase 'rivers of blood,' rather this specific reference to the Aeneid : "As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'. Following Powell's dismissal from the shadow cabinet, these papers also record the Attorney General's considerations over whether to prosecute the MP for inciting racial hatred, and reports of dock workers and immigration officers striking in support of Powell. Provoking a huge reaction at the time, the speech continues to be referenced in the media relative to stories of immigration policy change and tightening regulations in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. And with the unfolding story of the treatment of Windrush-era arrivals facing deportation in recent weeks, many of its comments regarding Commonwealth immigration have a stark reflection in current dialogue. Popular Culture in Britain and America, is available now. For more information, including free trial access and price enquiries, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep up to date

In April , Enoch Powell made one of the most incendiary speeches in modern British politics. Ian McDiarmid reads the Rivers of Blood speech in its entirety - the first time it has been broadcast complete on British radio. Taking the speech section by section, he BBC's Media Editor Amol Rajan and a range of contributors reflect on the enduring influence and significance of the speech, which was delivered to local Conservative Party members in Birmingham just a few days ahead of the crucial second reading of the Race Relations Bill. Professor David Dabydeen of the University of Warwick talks about Powell's failure to realise that the racial unrest in America, which he feared might spread to Britain, was around basic civil rights such as the right to vote, and the right to sit on a bus. David Lammy MP talks about the fear that the speech created amongst his family at the time, becoming part of the wallpaper of his childhood.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Preseltusi says:

    BBC Radio 4 - Archive on 4, 50 Years On: Rivers of Blood

  2. Auriville Q. says:

    Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *