Rivers of blood 50 years on
Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On by Raheem KassamFifty 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.
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.
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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.