Arts Arts > Study in arrogance

11 October 2017 | by Mark Lawson

Study in arrogance Premium

Share this story   



The capacity of extremely clever people to be exceptionally stupid has rarely been better demonstrated than by John Enoch Powell (1912-98). Choosing characteristically to be known by the stranger of his two given names, he had a first-class brain that was able to drop quotations from Pericles in the original Greek, but also to incubate one of the most toxically idiotic speeches in political history.


Subscribe to The Tablet from just £7.99 for 30 days
3 options available

Share this story

Article List

Latest Issue
Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here