10th November 1973 - Enoch Powell speaks at the White Hart, Salisbury

485px-Enoch_Powell_6_Allan_WarrenOn 10th November 1973 Enoch Powell came to the White Hart, Salisbury to speak to the Croydon South Young Conservatives on ‘The Future of Democratic Parliament’

This was 5 years after Powell’s appalling[1] Rivers of Blood speech[2], and about 3 months before he called on his supporters to vote Labour.

In the second General Election of 1974, Powell stood as an Ulster Unionist.

Anyway his speech to the Young Conservatives was about European Union. The conclusion of the speech was as follows:

What is certain is that whoever envisages the E.E.C. in terms of political union without either confidently anticipating that transformation [of the inhabitants of the British Isles into a single politically homogenous electorate, sustaining party governments by overall majority] or alternatively renouncing what we in Britain know as parliamentary democracy is misleading himself and helping to mislead others[3].

Pic: By Allan warren (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Footnotes

[1] I find it appalling, anyway. The full text (bits of which are more extreme than the famous quote) is reproduced on The Telegraph website below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643823/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html

[2] Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech - Telegraph, URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643823/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html

[3] Nov73-Feb74.pdf, URL: http://enochpowell.info/Resources/Nov73-Feb74.pdf

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