JOE SIMONS: Legendary Right Wing Politician’s Grave Vandalised?
A disturbing morsel of news has emerged regarding the state of a grave belonging to controversial but beloved right-wing MP Enoch Powell, who died in 1998. There is worrying evidence that the right wing stalwart’s grave in Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, has been deliberately vandalised since his wife was buried in the same plot late last year.
The news – which hasn’t been reported anywhere else – was broken by a moderator on a right-wing Facebook group with over 1,500 members. The poster, Jay Fellows, had originally gone to Powell’s grave in order to lay some flowers; however, he soon found that, to his dismay, the grave itself had been disturbed – seemingly deliberately. He reported to the group that ‘random holes’ had been dug in the mound and broken bricks and debris had been scattered on top. While he was there he removed as much of the debris as he could but, as you can see in the picture below, the grave is still in a very sad state.
Enoch Powell, a veteran of the Second World War, is famous for his illustrious Rivers of Blood speech, the 50th anniversary of which is fast approaching next month. In his speech, Powell – echoing the words of his constituents – argued that Britain’s net immigration figures were too high and that whole community would be torn apart and forced to change thanks to the mass importation of incompatible foreign cultures.
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’”
Powell emphasised that only prompt and serious action could stop this change – a change that we are now living through, particularly in cities like London where native white Britons are a minority (see the 2011 census).
“Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.”
The speech’s anniversary has thrown Powell back into the spotlight again, particularly in his former constituency of Wolverhampton where he was MP for 24 years, between 1950 and 1974. Controversy arose after the proposal that a blue plaque should be erected to commemorate his life. While a poll by the Wolverhampton-based newspaper The Express and Star found that 70% of 16,500 respondents were in favour of the plaque, many remain adamantly opposed, including the current Wolverhampton South West Labour MP Eleanor Smith. Considering the desecration of Confederate graves seen in the United States recently it’s not outside the realms of possibility that left-wing activists in this country have gone out of their way to disrupt the grave of one of Britain’s most influential politicians of the 20th century.