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John Enoch Powell


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John Enoch Powell (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was a British politician, classical scholar, poet, writer, linguist and soldier. He served as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) (1950–74), Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP (1974–1987), and Minister of Health (1960–63). He attained most prominence in 1968, when he made a controversial speech against immigration, now widely referred to as... more »

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  • It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.... As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood....
    J. Enoch Powell (b. 1912), British Conservative politician. Speech, April 20, 1968, to West Midlands Conservatives, Birmingham. Quoted in Observer (Lo...
  • ''No battle is worth fighting except the last one.''
    J. Enoch Powell (b. 1912), British Conservative politician. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 2, 1983).
  • Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from preconising [proclaiming] its wares and their merits, and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed. The enemies of advertising are the e...
    J. Enoch Powell (b. 1912), British Conservative politician. Quoted in The Listener (London, July 31, 1969).
  • ''I do not keep a diary. Never have. To write a diary every day is like returning to one's own vomit.''
    J. Enoch Powell (b. 1912), British Conservative politician. Sunday Times (London, Nov. 6, 1977).
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