David Frost’s finest hour

September 1, 2013 at 11:27 am (Anti-Racism, history, Jim D, media, populism, Racism, RIP, television)

Frost v Powell, 1969

Originally scheduled for 39 minutes, this 1969 interview with Enoch Powell was allowed to continue for a further 20 minutes during the live broadcast as the TV producers realised that something exceptional and absolutely gripping was taking place.

It starts politely – amiably even – but the tone soon changes as Frost attempts to pin down the old racist on matters of straightforward fact. Essential viewing, especially for those who’ve only seen Frost in his later, smug and pompous, incarnation. Put aside an hour for this extraordinary encounter:

5 Comments

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  2. jimmy glesga said,

    Powell was not a racist just a British patriot. The man was anti Nazi. But that U tube was a trip down memory lane.

  3. Robin Carmody said,

    The Savundra incident. Heroic.

    • jimmy glesga said,

      Robin. Frost had no impact on human behaviour. It was just the telly and entertainment for him. The Yanks continued to try and bomb the Vietnamese back to the stone age and corruption is still with us.

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