SHAMED Ukip politician Neil Hamilton today sparked fury after he said Enoch Powellâs racist ârivers of bloodâ speech was RIGHT about the dangers of immigration.
The former Tory – who now leads the Welsh branch of Ukip – praised the notorious speech after it was controversially replayed on the BBC.
Rivals blasted Mr Hamiltonâs âutterly despicableâ support for Powell and said he was proving Ukip are far-right sympathisers.
It is 50 years since Powell claimed non-white immigration would result in âmuch bloodâ and and mean that âthe black man will have the whip hand over the white manâ.
The speech – which got him sacked by Tory leader Ted Heath – was repeated in full on Radio 4 over the weekend, leading to claims the BBC was encouraging racial hatred.
But Mr Hamilton, who lost his seat in Parliament due to a sleaze scandal and later quit the Tories to join Ukip, told BBC Radio Wales that Powellâs predictions about the scale of social change have been proven correct.
He said: âThe idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely racist villain is absolute nonsense.
“Powell actually changed politics by articulating the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being ignored by the establishment.â
Mr Hamilton added: âA great proportion of the white population of central London has moved out to the suburbs.
“Is it a good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into effectively racial ghettos?”
Welsh Lib Dem boss Jane Dodds said Mr Hamiltonâs views were âutterly despicableâ, adding: âPowell was a racist, plain and simple. To hear someone trying to defend and justify his racist views shows how delusional and out of touch Ukip really are.â