Enoch Powell - Rivers of Blood (2 of 6)

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.