World: Britain's New Household Word

I HAVE been heard, heard as no man in this country has been heard in 30 years." When Conservative M.P. Enoch Powell uttered those words two years ago, they seemed less prophetic than boastful. Yet last week, in the aftermath of one of the most stunning political upsets in recent British elections, Powell's words seemed to ring oddly true. In winning his seat in the Midlands town of Wolverhampton, he improved on his own 1966 election total by 22%. More than that, he had given Britain a new household word: Powetlism.

Powellism is a combination of racism, archconservative economics, and a touch...

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