Page 6, 27th February 1998

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Page 6, 27th February 1998 — Bishop Wood vs Enoch Powell, readers take sides

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Bishop Wood vs Enoch Powell, readers take sides

I VERY MUCH appreciated William Oddie's article about Enoch Powell (20 February). A voice of reason was raised in defence of someone who could no longer defend himself. It was a rational analysis of the motives of a clever and realistic man. Bishop Wood should surely not be motivated by political hatred at such a time but should pay respect to a soul in transit.

Mrs Glenda Johnson Cardiff

I USUALLY READ William Oddie with interest, but his latest article in which he defends Enoch Powell and puts down Bishop Wood shows that, like Powell, but unlike the Bishop, he had no idea of what it is like to be black in this country, let alone like the majority of black

people in Croydon, black and poor.

Patrick Staunton Exmouth, Devon

THE MAJOR IMPACT that Enoch Powell had on political life will always be remembered in the encouragement he gave to racist attitudes and behaviour. His admirable stand against nuclear weapons is hardly known.

He was an able, tormented man, but his Christianity was not the most obvious thing about him. Willaim Oddie ignores the unchristian facets of his character, but seems to derive satisfaction from berating a black bishop who expressed the real pain that black people felt last week. John Prangley Oxford

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