Forty years after Enoch Powell's infamous speech predicting that mass
immigration would lead to violence on our streets, filmmaker Denys
Blakeway explores the impact of the maverick Conservative MP's words and
Powell was a member of Edward Heath's Shadow Cabinet
when he made the Rivers of Blood speech in 1968, so-called because he
quoted the Roman poet Virgil's prophesy: "I see the Tiber foaming with
much blood". He was immediately sacked, but not before sparking furious
debate, with his words dividing the nation.
This film examines
Powell's speech in unprecedented detail, discovering how his core
argument was ignored in favour of his incendiary language. It questions
what led him to speak out in the first place and traces the speech's
effect on immigration policy in Britain.
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