Daniel Hannan praises Enoch Powell

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has courted further controversy by prasing Enoch Powell, citing him as a key political influence. He said: "In a British context, Enoch Powell. He was somebody who understood the importance of national democracy, who understood why you needed to live in an independent country and what that meant, as well as being a free-marketeer and a small government conservative."

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has courted further controversy by prasing Enoch Powell, citing him as a key political influence.

Asked in an interview with Reason TV who his political influences were he said:

“In a British context, Enoch Powell. He was somebody who understood the importance of national democracy, who understood why you needed to live in an independent country and what that meant, as well as being a free-marketeer and a small government conservative.”

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The interview, widely seen on YouTube, follows David Cameron’s attempts last week to douse the flames of Mr Hannan’s controversial comments on the NHS, which he described as “a 60-year mistake” that he “wouldn’t wish on anybody”. Mr Cameron is yet to discipline Mr Hannan for either his remarks on the NHS or on Enoch Powell. In November 2007, then Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, Nigel Hastilow, was forced to resign after saying Powell “was right” about immigration in a local newspaper column.

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