If you want an example of what good blogging is all about, click HERE to read the LibDem blogger Mark Reckons' views of Dan Hannan's interview in which he explained why Enoch Powell was a great influence on him. Mark explains why he is sick and tired of the kneejerk attacks on Hannan. He's then taken to task in the comments by one or two of his readers. He patiently defends his line and a good debate is had by all.
Hannan is quite within his rights to explain why Powell influenced his politics. I met Enoch Powell and heard him speak. I have read some of his writings. I have read Simon Heffer's excellent biography of him. Those who attack Hannan for his influences do so without knowing anything about Powell except that one, infamous speech. Powell was the intellectual superior of 99% of his left wing critics. An hour in his company would convince anyone of that. You don't have to agree with someone for them to have an influence on you. We are all influenced to one extent or another by all those we come into contact with, whether it is consciously or subconsciously. And on Powell, Tony Blair was right when he said...
He was one of the great figures of 20th-century British politics, gifted with a brilliant mind
Is it now a crime to be influenced by such a person? Not in my eyes.