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Gareth Southgate and identity politics

The England manager is the best since Sir Alf Ramsey but his flirtation with identity politics is a problem and...
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Will Medical Research Learn from the CRED Report?

Medical research seldom shoulders the burden of such hope and faith as it does today. Widely considered to be our...
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Will Medical Research Learn from the CRED Report?

Commission for Racial and Ethnic Disparities Report – Education

The CRED report is a brave but necessary one in terms of education, a field in which too often policy changes are advanced based on gross generalisations made from anecdotal evidence and experience and unevidenced assertions about what is taught.
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Commission for Racial and Ethnic Disparities Report – Education

Get me a drink, it’s only half three, but what a substantial load of tosh!

The High Court has ruled that the government’s policy of allowing pubs only to serve alcohol with ‘substantial meals’ may...
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Nothing short of loathing

Review of Paul Embery, Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2021 June 23rd 2016...
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The Colonial Symbolism of Caliban

A great essay on Caliban and colonialism from the brilliant Harry Cluff.
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The Colonial Symbolism of Caliban

Going too far

The political commentator and activist Darren Grimes and the historian David Starkey are being investigated by the police for an...
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Zealots of Diversity May Contribute to Its Devastation

A different take on diversity from the brilliant Lily Geidelberg.
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Zealots of Diversity May Contribute to Its Devastation

The Ambiguous Outcomes of an Education in the Empire

It is more likely that an increased understanding of the Empire will result in wide-spread ambivalence rather than outright revulsion. Its significance should provoke a healthy kind of intellectual dissonance by diminishing the current critical trend of ethical and ideological absolutism. We should be impressed by its feats and repulsed by its failures, and feel fascinated by, but unsentimental about, the triumphs and transgressions of its leaders.
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The Ambiguous Outcomes of an Education in the Empire

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?

 

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 ...