On the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of blood” speech in Birmingham, Lee Dargue, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham Ladywood, speaking on ITV’s Central Lobby, commented:
“People may not remember the name, or know the speech, but the impact is still here. We have some politicians saying roughly the same things, maybe in a slightly different language.
“There are politicians who copy his style, but when you dig under it, overt racism in Enoch Powell’s speech – against the Race Relations Act and how ‘they’ are coming and ‘we’ can’t handle it.
“We still hear that from some politicians today – we have to let them say their piece, but it’s right we also push back on it.”
Commenting further on immigration policy and its impact on the Windrush generation, Lee said:
“Liberal Democrats stopped the ‘go home’ vans when we were in government. The culture of the Home Office also has to change – they have previously asked LGBT people seeking asylum from North Africa to provide video evidence of them being gay.
“When I saw Theresa May being pressured into meeting Caribbean leaders, and then read “I am sorry” off a statement on a piece of paper – this is not acceptable.
“The Windrush generation are British people, and they deserve everything every other British person gets.”