His “Water Towers” speech of 1961 began the process that led to the closure of the great mental institutions and the move towards Care in the Community.
His ideas on economics centred on the importance of free trade and its relationship to a free society; and he deplored the state interference that has always been a feature of far-right parties.
Even his love of country, demonstrated when he gave up a professorship at the University of Sydney immediately on the outbreak of the Second World War to enlist as a private soldier, ( “he …. fancied he could hear the boots of the German armies drilling through the earth and reaching him in Australia”) was expressed through his love of the poetry of A. E. Housman.
Powell was a complex man, and a great Englishman; one who deserves to be remembered with much greater respect than his legacy currently enjoys."
I am more of the opinion that Powell was much more far-Right; he's been misquoted about rivers of blood often enough, of course, but what clinches it for me is that he tried to push quite strenuously the idea of 'voluntary re-emigration'. Not a 'liberal' tactic.