Today we’d like to take note of what would be Enoch Powell’s 99th Birthday. Probably the most controversial post-war MP, and possibly in the whole history of the House of Commons. He was Conservative MP for nearby Wolverhampton South West, and subsequently an Ulster Unionist MP for South Down. Powell died in 1998 at the age of 85. He rose to prominence as an early convert to free-market neoliberalism – a Thatcherite before Thatcher, and yet is most remembered in public conciousness for his infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in 1968. While Max and Nash find most of his views utterly repulsive, he certainly was an interesting character and somewhat reasoned intellectual. A fantastic documentary on his life is available through Youtube:
We’d also like to recognise the anniversary of the first woman in space; Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, on the Vostok 6 mission in 1963. She orbited the earth for three and a half days. Not only was Tereshkova the first woman in space, but she was also the first civilian.
Links to the Multiverse
A selection of other generally interesting online content.
If only Britain had joined the euro – Will Hutton, The Guardian
Careerism – the cancer in the heart of Labour – Left Futures
The UK’s Government Debt since WW2 – Duncan Weldon, Touch Stone blog
Cats head straight to cat pub – The Daily Mash