Enoch Powell(1912-1998), Politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet
(John) Enoch Powell
Sitter in 29 portraits
Started his career in 1938 as Professor of Greek at Sydney University. After the War he joined the Conservative Party and was elected MP in 1950. Controversial throughout his career, he held strong views on issues such as race, national identity, immigration and the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union. He is best remembered for his 1968 'Rivers of Blood' speech in which he warned of what he thought would be the consequences of continued unchecked immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain. He was sacked from Edward Heath's Shadow Cabinet the day after the speech and never held another senior political post.
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by Michael Cummings ('Cummings')
pen and ink and wash, 1967