Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

Mr. Powell and His Peers

Former Conservative Minister Enoch Powell arriving for a church service in central London, June 23, 1993. (Reuters Photographer)

‘All political lives,” said the British politician Enoch Powell many years ago, “unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” It’s certainly the nature of politics in the Westminster system. Consider the dazzling Tony Blair of 1997, and the universally reviled “Bliar” of a decade later, skulking into premature retirement against his will and cursed as a warmongering Bush stooge who’d sold his soul and gotten nothing in return.

Powell himself spent the final third of his life as his own dictum’s ultimate cautionary

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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