Two leading politicians take a look at the life and politics of Enoch Powell, who would have been 100 years old in 2012. Both have contributed to Enoch at 100, a collection of essays to mark the anniversary of the birth of one of the 20th century’s most controversial politicians. The essays aim to judge whether Powell’s views still have relevance today and cover areas such as the European Union, constitutional reform, immigration and social cohesion, and defence and foreign policy.
Alistair Cooke, Lord Lexden, is a political historian and official historian of the Conservative Party. Frank Field is the well-known Labour MP for Birkenhead. The conversation is chaired by Richard Ritchie, archivist for Enoch Powell, editor of two books of Enoch Powell’s speeches, and also a contributor to Enoch at 100.
This event is part of the festival’s leadership strand.