In response to Andrew Cadman: Ukip is a better vehicle for modern conservative thought, therealguyfaux wrote:
To mix a biblical metaphor or two, Powell was a “prophet without honour in his own land, who came unto his own and his own received him not.” And while the “offences” in the next quote strictly refer to what Roman Catholic’s call “occasions of sin,” the generally-understood modern meaning of “causing someone to feel they’ve been personally attacked” applies: “For these offences must come, but woe to the one by whom they come!”
Powell’s “offence” was needed, though he paid the price for it. Ukip offend a lot of people, and woe to them for doing so, but these “offences” must come if anything is to change. If the actual Powell or Ukip had never existed, still they would need to have been invented somewhere along the line, for what they embody would still need a champion.
Part of the Left’s repertoire is that, even if they make a completely irresponsible charge that ends up being found to be bogus, they will say, “But at least it sparked a conversation on the issue, and that cannot be a bad thing, can it?”. This “out” is NEVER extended to the Powells and Farages of the world, at least not by the baying hounds of the left at any rate. And what the Powells and Farages say is far from bogus, you’d have to say.