Amidst the essay and exam marking over the past few weeks, I was also busy working on a lecture on Enoch Powell, one of the most controversial politicians of the latter half of the 20th Century as well as a distinguished parliamentarian. The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has organised a series of lectures this year to mark the centenary of the passage of the 1911 Parliament Act. Each lecture covers a notable parliamentarian of the past century. I was invited to give the one on Enoch Powell. (Earlier lectures covered Lloyd George, by Lord Morgan; F. E. Smith, by Sir Peter Tapsell MP; Nancy Astor, by Baroness Williams; Winston Churchill, by his grandson, Nicholas Soames MP; and Aneurin Bevan, by Gordon Marsden MP.) I delivered the lecture on Tuesday evening. Anyone wishing to watch it can see it on the BBC Parliament Channel tomorrow (Saturday) at 9.00 p.m.
UPDATE: For anyone who wishes to see the lecture, it is available on iPlayer here.