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    BBC Rivers of Blood Speech

    This weekend 50 years ago, a British government minister, delivered a seismic speech on the issue of immigration, race relations and the future.

    Enoch Powell was a hugely successful politician. But he opposed immigration to England by populations from their colonies.

    An intellectual, some say he was a genius, Powell's speech was referred to as the "Rivers of Blood " speech because he forecast that if immigration continued such numbers that this influx would "give the black man the whip hand over the white man" in the future.

    Attacking the government’s immigration policy as “mad”, Powell called for a reduction in the number of arrivals and a policy to encourage those already in the UK to return to their country of origin. He compared enacting the bill with “throwing a match on gunpowder”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...f-blood-speech

    A full recording of Powell's speech has never been broadcast in England by the BBC or any other media outlet.

    This weekend, BBC radio 4 has decided to broadcast the speech and to do a follow up segment discussing the speech

    The government of the day, decided to sack Powell from his job as minister and he never again scaled the political heights that he might have otherwise enjoyed.

    There is a lot of controversy over the Beeb decision to broadcast the speech, for the first time, 50 years after it was first orated.

    Is the BBC decision the correct one? if it is, or isn't, the right decision can you give reasons as to your view?

    This is the full speech as spoken by an actor

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    50 years later his prediction hasn't come true so maybe its time for his fans to admit he was wrong.
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    I like that they're getting Emperor Palpatine to read it... Give it the pathos it deserves.
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    What many self-proclaimed nationalists on here seem to readily forget about Enoch Powell was his support for unionism and loyalism. He was no friend of Irish nationalism. He famously denounced the Anglo-Irish Agreement as "treason" in the House of Commons in language that wouldn't have sounded out of place in 1912. He also believed that the United States (he was always strongly anti-American) supported Irish unity in order to get it into NATO.

    Here's a clip of him addressing an Ulster Unionist rally in the early 70s. He served as a UUP MP for more than 12 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drogheda445 View Post
    What many self-proclaimed nationalists on here seem to readily forget about Enoch Powell was his support for unionism and loyalism. He was no friend of Irish nationalism. He famously denounced the Anglo-Irish Agreement as "treason" in the House of Commons in language that wouldn't have sounded out of place in 1912. He also believed that the United States (he was always strongly anti-American) supported Irish unity in order to get it into NATO.

    Here's a clip of him addressing an Ulster Unionist rally in the early 70s. He served as a UUP MP for more than 12 years.

    Yes, ironically he was worried that black immigrants would cause rivers of blood while avidly supporting a group of white Christians who really were about to cause rivers of blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strawberry View Post
    Yes, ironically he was worried that black immigrants would cause rivers of blood while avidly supporting a group of white Christians who really were about to cause rivers of blood.
    The IRA?
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    And how right he was terrorism is on the rise globally, ghettos are prominent barriers erected across cities in around Europe, women being encouraged to form safe spaces for fear of being sexually assaulted, high unemployment levels and lack of integration within certain communities, ethnic gangs taking over parts of major cities, if anything I suspect Powell grossly underestimated the issues a future multicultural society would be facing its an absolute nightmare.
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