An excellent review of Powell's thought, and rightly spots the De Gaulle connection.

It's often overlooked that Anthony Eden, by the end of his life (1977), came to share Powell's views of the United States and his respect for De Gaulle. It wasn't entirely a result of
post-Suez sour grapes, either. Indeed the irony of Eden's career ending in a whimper in 1956 like it did is that, perhaps more than any wartime statesman in Whitehall, he had warned against how America's increasing power would choke of London's strategic room for maneuver..
(Churchill's inexcusable decision to cling onto No. 10 well into his senescence was even more frustrating to Eden because he could see the hand he'd have to eventually play getting weaker and weaker by the month...though he did what he could as FS, often brilliantly.)
In the second volume of Eden memoirs, in 1965, he echoed Powell when he summed up (with the benefit of 20 years) De Gaulle's wartime conduct:
"If De Gaulle often seemed contumacious, especially to our American allies, perhaps we should have learnt from it. Some of the faults of later years might have been avoided if we had shown more of the same spirit."

Recall, too, the young Powell, at the Conservative Research Dept
alongside Iain Macleod, finishing a briefing to Eden on housing in the late 1940s: 'Now I have told you something which I know a great deal about, and if I may sir might I tell you something about which I know nothing and you know a great deal? In the Middle East, the Americans
are our greatest enemy." (This was during the Attlee premiership.) Sometime after Suez Eden said 'I didn't quite know what Enoch meant then; I would of course learn all too well how right he was.'
John Charmley's 'Churchill's Grand Alliance' and D.R. Thorpe's wonderful biography of Eden delve into what might be called the Powell-DeGaulle-Eden school of post-war Toryism, which was OFC never really a 'school' at all...more of a tendency.
(I think you can see a similar (albeit small-c conservative instead of Conservative) respect for De Gaulle, and a wish that the UK had possessed a similar post-war figure, in a lot of the writings of Peter Hitchens on this period.
Though I know he doesn't much care for either Eden or Powell.)

D.R. Thorpe's Macmillan bio is good too, showing the path the UK *did* take, OFC, which explains a lot of Powell's loathing for him. (Powell called him 'the consummate Edwardian actor-manager.')
And then finally, there's Simon Heffer's comprehensive biography of Powell, 'Like the Roman.' (Don't drop it on the heads of small children, cats or dogs, it could seriously hurt them!) It's a fascinating life, filled with delicious facts. I hadn't known before reading it
that Powell was friends with Elias Canetti, author of 'Crowds and Power.' I recommend Canetti's very bitchy memoir 'Party in the Blitz,' which has a portrait of Powell that shows just why even those who hated his politics couldn't bring themselves to dispense with his friendship

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