Despite being dead for 16 years, Enoch Powell has surprised politics by admitting that he was "careless" in his notorious "rivers of blood" speech.
"I used words I wouldn't have normally," said the reanimated former Ulster Unionist MP. "To be frank, I misspoke."
"Looking back now, there are many obvious problems with my oration. For instance, I quoted an unnamed man, who said "in this country in 15 or 20 years' the black man will have the whip hand over the white man" . Quite apparently, those were my views, and I shouldn't have tried to hide behind someone else in such an intellectually dishonest manner.
"Also, in quoting Virgil from the Aenied, who wrote of the "river Tiber foaming with much blood", I wore my past, that of a professor of the classics, rather heavily. I was posing as the prophet, expecting riots, perhaps almost hoping there would be.
"You'll have noted that despite these qualifications, I haven't actually stepped back from anything I said at the time. As I don't regret it for a second. The lesson is clear: you can say the most outrageous things so long as you use language carefully. Michael Fallon's real mistake was in mixing his metaphors: how on earth can a place be swamped as well as under siege? As for his past reference to Bryony Gordon as a "slut", he ought to have referred to her as "not being known to express prejudice". Unlike myself. Ha ha."
In other news:
Faceless McNomark, the TV executive behind this year's smash hit fly-on-the-wall documentary Just Take a Gander at These Feckless Cunts, has defended the show amid continuing protests at the filming of two follow-up series.
"They assume we have malign intent, when we don't," the indignant McNomark told me. "There isn't an agenda. Just because we suggested the documentary was going to be called "Community Spirit" doesn't mean they have a right to complain. Indeed, what they're calling for is nothing less than censorship. I will never relinquish our right to take advantage of and completely fictionalise the stories of some of the most distressed parts of our society."
Due for broadcast in January and March, Why Aren't You Stringing These Scrounging Bastards Up Right Now? and Filthy Fucking Pikeys: Over Here, Taking Your Jobs promise a new paradigm in current affairs programming.
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