Enoch Powel–Rivers of Blood

BBC, March 28, 2011

[Editor’s Note: Enoch Powell’s 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech was strikingly prescient with regard to the riots unfolding in Britain. Below is a documentary produced by the BBC about Enoch Powell and his notorious speech. It is broken into six parts. The first is embedded and links to the other five parts are included below.]

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

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  • WR the elder

    Here I am quoting Pat Buchanan:

    “Churchill’s feelings were strongly in Salisbury’s direction”, writes historian Peter Hennessey. To the governor of Jamaica, Sir Hugh Foot, Churchill said in 1954 that were immigration from the Carribbean not halted, “we would have a magpie society: that would never do”.

    Coloured immigration weighed heavily on his mind. Churchill told one interviewer, “I think it is the most important subject facing this country, but I cannot get any of my ministers to take notice”. Writes Hennessey, “Just as Churchill was distressed by the break-up of the British Empire, he was, for all his imperial romance, deeply disturbed about its black or brown members coming to the mother country”.

    Future prime minister Harold Macmillan, in his diary entry on the Cabinet meeting of January 20, 1955, wrote: “More discussion about the West Indian immigrants. A Bill is being drafted – but it’s not an easy problem. P.M. [Churchill] thinks ‘Keep England White’ a good slogan!”.

    Had Churchill endured in office, there might have been legislation, says Hennessey. London would look entirely different today. But by April, against his will, Churchill was out as prime minister, no longer able to lead a campaign to “Keep England White” – an astonishing slogan in a day when Dr. Martin Luther King, a disciple of Gandhi whom Churchill had detested, was starting out in Montgomery. In 1968, Enoch Powell, Tory shadow minister of defense, woudl take up the banned of Salibuty and Churchill and deliver his “Rivers of Blood” speech. By then, time had passed the restrictionists by, and England was on its way to becoming the multiracial, multicultural nation of today, no longer Churchill’s England.

    I find it amusing that the British left likes to say that Great Britain fought the Nazis to stop the sort of views expressed by the British National Party. But it is clear that Churchill, who certainly knew why Great Britain was fighting the Nazis, would be with the BNP on the immigration issue today.

  • Jeddermann.

    The chickens are not only coming home to roost, they HAVE COME TO ROOST!

    Powell during WW2 was the youngest brigadier general in the British Army. A man of the most profound learning and intelligence. HE WAS a future prime minister and England is the worse for him not becoming so. THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT ANY OF THIS!

  • Kenelm Digby

    I is just so obvious that the recent British riots were entirely attributable to the prsence of a substantial black population in Britain.

    The situation will only get worse and will inevitably lead to the destruction of Britain.

    There are 650 odd MPs in the Westminster Parliament.Unfortunately not one, not a single one has got the guts or selflessness to speak ot like Powell.

    If just one single MP spoke out, it would be a gamechanger, but alas all we have is a pack of cowards and sycophants.

  • jack in chicago

    We made a video showing photos of the NW mobs rioting and looting in London and included Enoch Powell’s audi speech Rivers of Blood – warning Britain that this was sure to happen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdJi7_vl7S0

  • GetBackJack

    Sadly, pop culture, then just as much as now, often influences people to be blind to reality. Just look at all those celebrity inter-racial adoptions, pro-sodomy comments, and tatoos. They have more of an influence of your whites than mom & dad! And, it appears to me that mom & dad just don’t care.

    You’re responsible for your own children’s ideology and that includes the actions absolutely necessary to minimize the destruction of the 24/7 brainwashing.

  • Sardonicus

    John Enoch Powell was a thoughtful, politically careful man,as well as a noted scholar. He ended his political career with the “Rivers of Blood” speech. I believe he knew that he would be disgraced and rejected by his own party for giving his “controversial” speech. He gave it anyway: principle triumphed over expediency.

    As the video mentioned, Powell had been stationed in India during and after the war. He was appalled by the sectarian violence between Hindu’s and Muslims that after independence tore India apart and killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions. He thought that nonwhite immigration to Great Britain, previously a mostly homogenous white society, would lead to the same unnecessary conflicts.

    In addition, MP Powell was very aware of the 1965 and 1968 race riots in American cities and could see the same thing happening in an increasingly diverse Great Britain over time. Enoch Powell was prophet without honor–what he warned about has now come to pass.

    Finally, was an opportunistic indigenous white criminal element involved in the riots? Yes, but blacks make up only about six percent of the British population, and yet sixty to seventy percent of the rioters in the newspaper pictures have been black, Who am I going to believe the controlled media, who reject any racial angle, or my own lying eyes?

  • sheila

    Some things are just easy to predict, don’t you think?

    The goal has always been for the colored peoples of the earth to “crawl all over the earth”…the tactic of the modern world intellectual revolutionaries to deconstruct such societies as the English and American ones of the 19th and early 20th centuries…England’s Powell and America’s McCarthy…all downhill since.

  • seeker36340

    I watched the entire BBC documentary and found the conclusion to be possibly the most idiotic statement ever broadcast even by the drive-by media. As a newspaperman of 31 years standing I would expect to be fired on the spot for coming to such a ridiculous conclusion based on the evidence presented. Powell speaking out against mass immigration and segregation led to mass immigration and segregation. So let me get this straight…Labour was all set to solve the problem of mass immigration and set up policies of racial harmony but Enoch Powell’s speech blew the whole thing up and instead Labour (and that ninny Edward Heath) adopted multiculturalism that led to the present situation in the UK. Right.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad the British people didn’t listen to Enoch Powell. They would be much happier and safer now.

  • Georgia Resident

    We must be mad-literally mad-to be allowing the immigration of Africans and Hispanics who openly state their intention to conquer and rule us, who impregnate our women and abandon them to raise the half-breed children with the help of their families and the white taxpayer-funded welfare state, and who commit rape and murder with near impunity in some places.

    However insane the British immigration policy is, Americans have led the way in truly insane policies almost tailor-made to destroy ourselves.

  • A Mayer

    Thank you Jack in Chicago, that was much appreciated. Powell was a brilliant logician. I read one of his books in which he examined the dialectic that has become problem-reaction-solution which is seen when mayhem or rioting is brought to a once peaceful homogeneous society-problem, the public say something should be done about it-reaction. The solution is to put money into immigrant communities, and introduce laws restricting the freedom of the host society. It is a Marxist technique.

    When Powell was an Ulster MP, when he left English politics, he made a statement, a complicated logical one to which a Labour MP said ‘I don’t understand what he said; I am having it analysed.

  • Anonymous

    “Rivers of Blood” is aptly titled. Immigration/integration is destructive to civil society. The world is not a better place for efforts to help those who can not accept or relate to another culture. Most do not want to.

    Agree with #10. The policies of US to please special racial groups has been endless and without thank yous. A country founded by white men for freedom has been surrendered to other races by our own cowards.

  • Laager

    “Immigration/integration is destructive to civil society. The world is not a better place for efforts to help those who can not accept or relate to another culture. Most do not want to.”

    You could argue that because white immigrants outnumber the resident first nation ethnic groups in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand they have a right to stake the claim they have to remain, given the benefits of western Christian, democratic, capitalist industrialisation they have brought to these territories.

    A minority of white immigrants did exactly the same in Southern Africa.

    Yet the whites in the old and new worlds rounded on them for being “racist” because of the separate development policies they introduced in order to live in peace alongside the black majority. This anti white movement went as far as having these policies declared “A Crime Against Humanity” when in fact the exact opposite was true. Blacks in the south had the best quality of life and standard of living than the rest of Africa, thanks to this minority. Even during the apartheid era blacks from the north were trying to get INTO South Africa.

    The white western community (old and new world) have now removed them from their position of influence and the inevitable African collapse is underway.

    South Africa is the case study that the rest of the world can learn from

    The west now faces one simple issue:

    Do they stop immigration and re-patriate all non white non caucasian immigrants

    or

    Do those whites in the new world return to their countries of origin in the old world, and leave the countries they have created to the Indian/Aboriginal/Maori minorities?

    This is what they have forced whites in South Africa to do.

    Are they going to do the honourable thing and follow suit?