BBC airs Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech… listeners are split over whether it was insensitive or insightful

BBC Radio 4 listeners were split following the a 50th anniversary broadcast and analysis of Enoch Powell’s controversial ‘rivers of blood’ speech.

The anti mass immigration speech, read out in segments by actor Ian McDiarmid, was first delivered to local Conservative party members in Birmingham, ahead of a second reading of the 1968 race relations bill.

The speech, was broken up into segments and critiqued by a panel, including by BBC media editor Amol Rajan, who examined the influence of the speech since it was first delivered.