Enoch Powell was hated by fellow politicians but loved by the common man.
Politically, he was a failure due to his inability to play nicely and tow party lines. To the working classes, he was a champion because that inability was fueled by conviction to his beliefs regardless of cost.
The fact that he, despite being prescient on so many issues from immigration to the futility of a European Union, is still talked about as a crank and ‘old white racist’ says nothing about him but plenty about those who got so many things wrong, yet escape criticism.
To me, Powell is the ultimate example of a true leader, a man who saw his message as being far more important than the negative consequences and stigma he would receive for delivering it. When people ask why there is so much apathy from the general public towards the political process, the answer is obvious; no courage, no intellect, no Powells.
One day, history will allow the true story of Enoch Powell to come to the fore. One day, he will be vindicated.