I delivered my lecture on Enoch Powell last night as one of the lectures organised by the Speaker, John Bercow, to mark the centenary of the passage of the 1911 Parliament Act. I focused on Enoch Powell as parliamentarian and what it is that makes a great parliamentarian.
The meeting was surprisingly well attended, possibly because the lecture covered a parliamentarian that many in the audience had known personally, whereas previous lectures covered people, such as Lloyd George, where there was no such contact. Most of those who asked questions recalled their meetings with him. The member of the audience who could speak with most authority was Pamela Powell, Enoch Powell’s widow.
For anyone wishing to watch the lecture, it will be on BBC Parliament. It is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday at 9.00 p.m. It will then be repeated at 1.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m. – presumably for foreign viewers and insomniacs. Once the series of lectures is completed, the Speaker plans to publish them.