What struck me in comments was not so much what was said but the enormous discrepancy between the arrows each way:
With the Mail one of the major dailies, one would think the Westminster lackeys would be monitoring what was said with a view to how much their masters can get away with.
Powell’s actions on immigration were complex – there was his support for immigrants already in the country getting into higher jobs but there was also his support for curbs on overall numbers. His views on the [to be] EU were well known.
Was there any libertarianism in him? He called for:
- Income tax to be slashed from 41% to 21%.
- The abolition of capital gains tax and employment taxes
- The privatisation of state-owned companies.
- The ending of housing and rent subsidies, all foreign aid and agricultural subsidies plus the termination of grants to agriculture and development areas.
- The abolition of planned-economy entities such as the National Economic Development Council and the Prices and Incomes Board.
- Government investment in infrastructure projects.
During his long political career, he was notable for his defence of the British Constitution and of the traditional liberties that it embodied. He was an anti-socialist and an anti-corporatist. He resigned from one Conservative Government that was soft on spending and inflation. He helped bring down another that was a national disaster. He played an important part in stopping further “reforms” to the House of Lords until the year of his death.
He opposed British membership of what became the European Union, and he regarded the American alliance as barely less undesirable. He opposed the Cold War and the First Gulf War. He believed in a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther Ireland. He was easily the best political speaker of his age.
The public reason for why he is so hated by our modern ruling class is that he opposed mass-immigration and multiculturalism.
Most importantly, he was in touch with ordinary people’s views in this country and there is only one figure with the national presence plus the mindset these days who approaches anywhere near the level – Nigel himself. Both men were/are flawed, both were/are close to the indigenous essence of this country.
Both had enormous cojones swinging in the breeze. I find it an utter disgrace that the supposed guardian of this nation’s time-honoured traditions needs lie outside the “Conservative” Party. Actually, I’m glad both men were/are outside the Big 3 – Powell in terms of his voting, Nigel in actuality.