Enoch Powell is often described as the greatest Prime Minister we never had. That is to say or imply, undoubtedly, that had he been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom he would have surpassed even Winston Churchill in the minds of those debating the greatest Briton of the 20th century. Yet outside the realms of the obvious, many still find it difficult to define ‘Powellism’, and therefore what a Britain led by Mr Powell would have looked like. Some on the right wrongly claim that he represented a more conservative strand of Thatcherism, whilst his detractors on the left claim – also wrongly – that Powell’s brand of politics was more akin to the fascists and Oswald Mosley.
Both views are, clearly, mistaken. It is true that some of Thatcher’s economic policies were inspired by the rhetoric of Enoch Powell vis-a-vis de-nationalisation, and Powell’s view of the empire and romantic nationalism could be compared with similar sentiments uttered by Mosley. Continue reading “Enoch Powell’s Britain: What If?”