Enoch Powell Biography
Birthday: June 16, 1912 (Gemini)
Born In: Birmingham
Brigadier John Enoch Powell was a British politician who had served as a Member of Parliament and Minister of Health. He is best remembered for his strong views on immigration, especially his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech which created much controversy. A majority of U.K.’s population agreed with Powell and he helped to get the public support for the Conservatives in the 1970 general elections. Openly against the non-white population in the U.K., he was unabashedly racist and demanded that the non-white immigrants be sent back to their homelands. His views made him an equally loved and hated man in the eyes of the public. Before entering politics, he was a classical scholar and poet who had become a professor of Ancient Greek even before he turned 25. He had also served in the army and had published works of poetry. When he forayed into politics he brought with him rich experiences and vast knowledge about a number of fields. A brilliant student, he never had an interest in politics as a university student. He embarked into an academic career before joining the military. He had a long standing ambition of becoming the viceroy of India which could not be realized due to India’s independence in 1947. This prompted him to enter British politics where he made a name for himself as an outspoken conservative.