Enoch Powell's Controversial Speech

Topics: United Kingdom, White people, Race and Ethnicity Pages: 4 (1411 words) Published: March 24, 2011
On April 22 1968 Enoch Powell, MP, made a famous speech, this speech is widely known as the ‘River of Blood’ speech. The speech was made during the early stages of equal rights with multiple races in England and the main reason the ‘river of blood’ is very controversial is because it’s focused on the disagreement on commonwealth immigration during a time where equal rights was just arousing.

Enoch Powell kept the speech a secret from everyone and made sure none of his co-workers and associates suspected anything about what he was planning on speaking about. But in fact Enoch Powell did actually consult his friend Clement Jones (a journalist at the Wolverhampton Express & Star) about the speech. Enoch Powell proudly said to Clement Jones that he is “going to make a speech at the weekend and it's going to go up 'fizz' like a rocket; but whereas all rockets fall to the earth, this one is going to stay up". This shows that Enoch knew exactly that the speech was going to become very controversial and would cause an outrage amongst the parliament and the British citizens.

Enoch Powell was a very strong opinionated man and was strongly against commonwealth immigration and equal rights; he voiced his opinions through the ‘River of Blood’ speech. In the speech he spoke about how he has three children, all of them had been through grammar school and he shall not be satisfied until they are all settled overseas because United Kingdom will not be a worthy place to live. He expressed this by saying "In this country in 15 or 20 years' time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man." This quote was one of the strongest in the speech, the communication technique he used was very well thought. Although Enoch Powell could have meant what he said as it is but I can’t help but see the quote as a great form of metaphor. He could have simply meant that in future years, black people and plenty other foreigners will over power white people in their own country. The...
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