What is the price of betrayal these days? It used to be 30 pieces of silver when the religious took to persecuting a man they didn’t like.
The Church Of England seems to have forgotten its origins, its history and its own religious principles when it makes completely spurious allegations about someone it wants to turn into a hate figure because of his politics.
Simon Heffer defends his friend Enoch Powell from a completely unfounded allegation by a Bishop of the Church of England who should know better.
What is also of interest is that Heffer tells of a previous false allegation made against Powell, this time by the BBC…how times change…or not.
For decades, Enoch Powell has long been a bug-bear of the liberal Establishment.
He has been demonised not least because to attack his memory is a quick and effective way for them to score points by setting out their own political correctness.
What better way for some mischievous Leftist priest to damage Enoch further than by linking him with the current rash of stories about child abuse?
In 1998, just after Enoch died, the BBC broadcast a programme in which they railed at Enoch for his hypocrisy. They said this scourge of mass immigration had visited the West Indies in 1953 to recruit black labour for the NHS. I was told of the story before the programme was broadcast and informed its researcher that Enoch had never been to the West Indies in his life. I was told, effectively, that I was lying, and it was broadcast.
A black clergywoman, then resident in London, talked at length of Enoch having recruited her as a nurse. The story was rubbish.
Detailed investigation by the BBC complaints department found that the woman had been recruited after a visit to her island by Jack Profumo, not Enoch Powell at all, and the Corporation was forced to make a grovelling on-air apology in peak time.
I have long dreamt of the day when ignorant politicians and Establishment figures would stop manipulating Enoch’s memory for their own advantage. But I never thought I would hear of bishops of the Church of England doing it.
The allegations are a monstrous lie. That the lie appears to have been retailed by a priest is beyond contempt.
There must be an investigation and, for all the distress this outrage has caused, there must be a reckoning.
And had to laugh at this from another source…
On becoming Minister of Health in 1960, Enoch Powell agreed that there were risks of rigidity in a great, but centralised, service. He saw three trends running side by side: the growth of community care and after-care of the sick, relieving the hospital; the development of preventive and remedial measures; and the more intensive and efficient use of hospital accommodation. He wanted fewer beds in newer hospitals. The three separate financial systems for hospitals, local health authorities and general practice were a great weakness. The BMJ wished his stay in the Ministry long enough for the provision of effective remedies. When in due course he moved from the Ministry, he was one of the few ministers whose departure was a source of ‘deep regret’ to the profession.
Isn’t what Powell wanted for the health service exactly what is being enacted now with great opposition from the very same ‘profession’?
Also of interest is that in 1959 there were 191,000 nurses in England and Wales for a population of around 48 million (251 patients per nurse) whilst today, in England alone, there are over 350,000 for a population of 54 million (154 patients per nurse)….Wales has 84,000 nurses. The budget for the NHS in 1948 was £9 billion in todays money….the NHS now costs over £100 bn. Seems we forget just how good times have become.