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Is it Britain you hate, or Britain you love?

No matter how advanced we regard our society; no matter how ignorant we perceive our forebears; no matter how comfortably we enjoy our lives, one of the most devastatingly cliché human questions still haunts us, and becomes ever harder to answer: who are we?
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Is it Britain you hate, or Britain you love?

The Lives that Don’t Matter: The Brahmin as a Hate Figure

The current hyperbolic preoccupation with race in the Anglosphere has provided an opportunity for some to link caste to race as though they are cognate phenomena of oppression. The depiction of Brahmins as the epitome of whiteness at the apex of the Indian caste system, is actually generated from within the same western framework that treats race as a salient difference.
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Exploiting COVID-19 for Cultural Self-Interest

The Covid-19 virus has thrown the creative and cultural industries into a grim crisis. Since lockdown the only access we...
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Exploiting COVID-19 for Cultural Self-Interest

Why We Need Less Activism in Education

I was recently interviewed by Max Klinger of the E2 Review Podcast about Political Activism in Education.
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Why We Need Less Activism in Education

Teaching the British Empire – Debunking the Myths

Is it really true that the British Empire is not statutory or not taught? This blogs explores the current History National Curriculum to debunk oft-repeated myths.
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Teaching the British Empire – Debunking the Myths

Labour’s regressive alliance

Following Labour's crushing defeat, many commentators and reporters have proffered the view that Labour has become sharply divided between its...
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Labour’s regressive alliance

Why we need a British values test

This year we’ve had a flurry of articles on Sajid Javid’s proposal in 2018 for a British Values Test (BVT)...
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Why we need a British values test

Biting masquerade and compassion – Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

The Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve stood by this fountain with Mauritian friends...
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Biting masquerade and compassion – Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

Black History Month – A Tale of Two Quotes

“Are you seriously still teaching it?”  Years ago, when I taught in Brixton, I had a conversation with my Teaching...
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Black History Month – A Tale of Two Quotes

Cut this out!

The liberal-leaning Mother Jones website recently published an article under the headline “Racial resentment is down since 2016”. The article,...
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Why we need a British values test

Why we need a British values test

This year we’ve had a flurry of articles on Sajid Javid’s proposal in 2018 for a British Values Test (BVT) ...

The myth of black britain

There are few things I find more annoying (and intellectually lazy) than the homogenising of groups on the grounds of ...
Time to acknowledge the diversity of Leavers

Time to acknowledge the diversity of Leavers

We have heard a great deal from politicians and pundits over the last three years about how Leavers are bigots and ...
In defence of dead white males

In defence of dead white males

A recent news item in The Times reported on the growing movement against studying ‘dead white men’ and their ...
Shaping Brexit Britain From Our Shared Recent Past

Shaping Brexit Britain From Our Shared Recent Past

Brexit has highlighted that Britain is a divided nation. Having voted Remain, I was shocked and saddened by a minority ...
White Power, Political Correctness and Black Free-Thinkers

White Power, Political Correctness and Black Free-Thinkers

I recently had an interesting discussion on race and political correctness with a black friend I shall describe as a ...
Weaponising victimhood

Weaponising victimhood

Trevor Phillips once said to me - only half joking - that newspapers should have identity correspondents, just as they ...
White Guilt and Black Power: The Creation of the Structural Racism Myth

White Guilt and Black Power: The Creation of the Structural Racism Myth

Shelby Steele argues that the combination of a black power ideology and white guilt (or more accurately white fear of ...