Enoch Powell, born 100 years ago this week. I have no sympathies with Enoch Powell but I wonder, how would he have faired in politics today and how many of those in Westminster, or local government, have his kind of integrity and courage? Pariah, WW2 Brigadier, Professor, and controversial politician. Described as a man of integrity, but often noted merely as a fine soldier, a right wing Tory, and for his rivers of blood speech. But as The Telegraph writes, Powell seems more modern than most politicians. Powell bitterly opposed the European Community and in his ill considered, impromptu Birmingham speech 1968 also described terrible consequences for UK immigration. Promptly undoing contemporary race relations work, causing a wave of support for him, and (justified) alarm among immigrants. Powell received his cards from Ted Heath's Shadow Cabinet. Private and considered opinions on immigration were one thing. Public "racism"and even perhaps incitement , quite another. "Wrong", either on moral or political grounds, it mattered not then, and it matters not today. Notionally, the subject, and challenge to immigration and its economic effects, remain taboo. Once asked in an unguarded moment during an interview how often he went to Ireland he replied that he never went to Ireland but frequently went to Ulster. The Harrods bombing and ongoing atrocities, he blamed on 'double talk and double-dealing on the part of Britain which has kept the IRA and their fellow murderers in business these last dozen years.' Sure, times change, laws come in and laws are abolished, Europe, the UK, and the legal system may be very different in 2012. How many of Powell's political beliefs and agendas are still valid today, in modern politics. And how should history remember him after all these years?