Powell was a man of conspicuous moral greatness, something that, alone, made him unsuited for politics, because it meant he could not keep what he perceived to be the truth to himself.
He had a gift denied to most politicians, which was of making prophecies that were right.
was right about Europe; right about the single currency; right about
economic management; right about Lords reform; right about devolution;
right about American imperialism; and, with even Trevor Phillips, the
figurehead of the Equalities Commission, now arguing that
multiculturalism has failed, right about that, too.
years after his death, and almost half-a-century after he sat in the
Cabinet, his influence on political thought is not only undiminished: it
continues to grow.