All In Britain Posts

August 8, 2020 / / Culture

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.

July 26, 2020 / / Culture

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?

July 23, 2020 / / Culture

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.

June 5, 2020 / / Art

The Covid-19 virus has thrown the creative and cultural industries into a grim crisis. Since lockdown the only access we have to culture has been online: Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, Facebook Live, Amazon Prime, Spotify are all the platforms where I currently consume and appreciate culture in lieu of going out…

April 8, 2020 / / Education
March 6, 2020 / / Education
February 22, 2020 / / Politics

Following Labour’s crushing defeat, many commentators and reporters have proffered the view that Labour has become sharply divided between its city – especially London – supporters and those in its traditional heartlands in Wales, the Midlands and Northern England. The former are deemed liberal and progressive in outlook while the…

December 11, 2019 / / Politics

This year we’ve had a flurry of articles on Sajid Javid’s proposal in 2018 for a British Values Test (BVT) to be added to the Life in the UK test (see here, here and here.)  The Life in the UK test itself is already mandatory but the BVT would be…

October 18, 2019 / / Art

The Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve stood by this fountain with Mauritian friends and family, statically frozen for that photo moment, being a tourist in London. It’s an iconic, majestic monument, but I never really paid much attention to it other than that…

October 7, 2019 / / Culture

“Are you seriously still teaching it?”  Years ago, when I taught in Brixton, I had a conversation with my Teaching Assistant – a wonderful woman of black Caribbean descent, who supported me in everything I did as a class teacher. I trusted her and so I finally went to her…