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Interesting

By Patrick Van Roy On October 17th, 2020

As is happening in the United States in 2020, fascists and racists were gaining ground and coming out of the woodwork after starting to feel empowered in Britain in the late 1970s.

The National Front, a far-right political party, was aiding in the growth of racism, fascism and xenophobia with politician Enoch “Rivers of Blood” Powell leading the way. With the National Front attempting to recruit the nation’s youth — and having success — some of the country’s most famous rock musicians, including David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton, began making pro-Powell pronouncements.

“I think Enoch Powell’s right, I think we should send them all back,” Clapton famously told an arena full of fans in Birmingham in 1976. “Stop Britain from becoming a Black colony. Get the foreigners out.”

10 Responses to “Interesting”

  1. That White Riot documentary was on TV here yesterday. I caught most of it. I was 10 years old in 1977 and I remember the NF and the punks and the anti-racist groups. My parents new the singer Poly Styrene who appeared in the documentary. She babysat for my younger brother once and was part of a group who squatted in a flat above us. When they were evicted they flooded the flat and it all came through the ceiling into ours ! Not sure she was involved in that incident though . There were many people in that squat.

  2. David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton, began making pro-Powell pronouncements

    I don’t know about Stewart but I’m unaware of Bowie making pro Powell statements. Bowie was accused of flirting with fascism during his ‘Thin White Duke’ period but subsequently explaine it was part of the character and apologised for it. The ultimate irony of course with Clapton was he was making comments about ‘wogs’ while he made his name playing blues music.

    I rem you saying earlier that you knew Polly, Colm. Which area of London was that?

  3. Paul

    I don’t remember her personally although I’m sure I saw her around, We lived in Vauxhall , South London at the time but I don’t think she was brought up or lived there. I think there must have been some other punk ‘celebrities’ at the time living in the squat above us as we always had journalists knocking on our door asking us about them.

  4. According to her Wiki bio she was btought up in Brixton.

  5. For some reason I always thought she was from Essex. Brixton is only about two miles from Vauxhall.

  6. He bio says she was born in Hastings and brought up in Brixton.

    I know Brixton well. I lived in it for 14 months.

  7. Enoch Powell was not about kicking people out or indeed a racist. What he was highlighting was the government’s policy of immigration leading to the rapid change in communities in the whole country and the effects it would have on cohesion. People of all races have been in the UK for hundreds of years but not in any great numbers. The sudden influx was always going to lead to tensions as jobs and livelihoods were threatened.

  8. Colm.

    That White Riot documentary was on TV here yesterday. I caught most of it. I was 10 years old in 1977

    We’re the same age. Although if I remember a picture of you on ATW, I look a lot better than you for my age. 😁

    I don’t know about Stewart but I’m unaware of Bowie making pro Powell statements.

    Rod Stewart he’s quite well known for some of his early comments about immigration and race.
    Like you I’ve never heard David Bowie say anything like that, quite the opposite in fact, but perhaps he had a different opinion in his younger years.

  9. We’re the same age.

    And me.

  10. LOL. Funnily enough, after I posted that I remembered that you’re also the same age as us Paul.

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