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11 October 2017 | by Mark Lawson

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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.





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