Conservative Party backbencher and leadership hopeful Jacob Rees-Mogg shocked fans today by speaking out against Enoch Powell MP’s famous Birmingham speech.
Rees-Mogg, whose father once wrote a Times of London editorial attacking Powell’s speech as “evil” took to Twitter on Saturday to state: “My father’s view which has stood the test of time about Enoch Powell’s speech”.
The North East Somerset Member of Parliament was met with almost universal condemnation by the political right, while being congratulated by left wing academics and members of the establishment media.
My father’s view which has stood the test of time about Enoch Powell’s famous speech pic.twitter.com/WoHQPnogLP
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) April 14, 2018
The Times column — which ran the day after Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech warning over mass migration and the Race Relations Act — congratulated Tory wet Ted Heath for dismissing Powell from his shadow cabinet, and called the speech “disgraceful”.
A BBC Panorama poll from late 1968 revealed that 74 per cent of the British public agreed with Powell, to the chagrin of establishment types like William Rees-Mogg,
“The more closely one reads the text of Mr. Powell’s speech, the more shameful it seems,” the Times thundered.
“Mr. Heath must also have strengthened his own leadership,” it risibly suggested. A few years later Mr. Powell’s endorsement to vote Conservative would be the determining factor in the Tories winning the 1970 election.
By late 1974, Powell had had enough with the Conservative Party, resigning and urging people to vote Labour. Mr. Heath was, as a result, unceremoniously turfed out of office.
Fans of Rees-Mogg on Twitter responded badly to the Tory MP’s claim:
Powell once even said: "It is… part of the daily life… of fellow countrymen of ours who happen to be less fortunately situated than Mr [W] Rees-Mogg or Mr Bernard Levin".
In modern parlance I believe this translates to: "Posh twat". https://t.co/LxsjyzVJ59
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) April 14, 2018
. I am surprised at you, Jacob. Enoch Powell was a great man and his speech has been vindicated by events. Tragically he will be vindicated even more fully in the years ahead as the scourge of Islam spreads throughout the U.K.
— Real Christianity (@R_Christianity_) April 14, 2018
You have lost my support. This leaves myself and many others feeling they have zero representation in politics… a very dangerous thing for the public to feel.
— Sowel (@Tactless44) April 14, 2018
I'm done with you @Jacob_Rees_Mogg
— Clare (@babymammoth) April 14, 2018
Bad move Mogg
— Ignatius ♱☕️🏴🇻 (@IgnatiusBalliol) April 14, 2018
I take it your father didn't live on a council estate?
— Jenny S (@Veroan_RS) April 14, 2018