London Burning, The Detroit Riots, And Enoch Powell’s 1968 Speech


 

Here are some headlines from the Drudge Report:


Police lose control of London’s streets for THIRD night…
Riots spread across UK…
MAP…
Rioters rob people on street, force them to strip naked…
‘Showing the rich people we can do what we want’…
Cameron cancels vacation, recalls Parliament…
Plans to triple police…
Residents asked to patrol streets…
Gloves to come off, water cannons to come out…
‘Possible’ will use plastic bullets…
American Baseball Bats Selling Fast in UK…
IOC frets about 2012 Olympics…
GUARDIAN LIVE…

So, as I mentioned earlier, Enoch Powell made a famous anti-immigration speech in what, in America, was the riot-torn “long hot summer” of 1967-1968. That’s what he was referring to when he said

“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.


That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect.

Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century. Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now.”

In fact, more conventional politicians did take action to at least delay it. While both Labour and Conservative politicians condemned Powell, they did lower the rate of immigration until fairly recently, when New Labour restarted it. But that only delayed the current problem.