A Tory MP has threatened to pour petrol on the glowing embers of the Birmingham schools ‘Trojan Horse’ row — by invoking Enoch ‘Rivers of Blood’ Powell.
In a letter to a constituent seen by Scrapbook, Sir Gerald Howarth — the chairman of Thatcherite group Conservative Way Forward — writes:
“Clearly, the arrival of so many people of non-Christian faith has presented a challenge, as so many of us, including the late Enoch Powell, warned decades ago.
“Recent events have illustrated that some of these new arrivals have a very different ethos from traditional Christian schools and we are right to intervene to prevent them from teaching divisive ideology to children born here.
The Aldershot MP (who was a parliamentary colleague of Powell’s and represented a seat in Enoch’s former West Midlands stomping grounds until 1992) is on holiday but a staffer told Scrapbook that he “stands by every word” of his message.
Howarth has form.
As a student in Southampton, Howarth was apparently party to hosting Powell on campus in the wake of his notorious 1968 race speech. Praise for Powell as “fantastic” features amongst his numerous references to him in parliament.