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British history should not be treated as a ‘soft play area’, says David Olusoga

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Britain’s relationship with history is “not fit for purpose”, according to a leading historian who said too many pupils are still taught a “dishonest version” of the nation’s past that left out uncomfortable truths. D...

Much as we love the NHS, we can no longer ignore the ethnic inequalities that beset it

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The pandemic has acted like a vast searchlight, sweeping across society, illuminating unpleasant truths that were lurking in the darkness. The potential for online misinformation to unleash a wave of cultish fanaticis...

Time collapsed as I saw how my grandad lived a century ago. History turned intimate

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Last summer, I visited a facility run by the Office for National Statistics, a place in which the raw material of history was in the final stages of being made ready for public release. The centre of operations was a ...

Britain’s shameful slavery history matters – that’s why a jury acquitted the Colston Four

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There were cheers from the public gallery of Bristol crown court when the verdicts of not guilty were returned. Eighteen months after Bristol’s now infamous statue of the slave trader Edward Colston was sent crashing ...

Colston’s firm enslaved the most Africans, David Olusoga tells Bristol court

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Edward Colston was “chief executive officer” of a company responsible for enslaving more Africans than any other in British history, the historian David Olusoga has told a court, as defendants argued they acted “lawfu...

sì, the younger hires are diverse. But why does TV still lack black people in top roles?

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Our TV, as we love to remind ourselves and the rest of the world, is unique and uniquely British. Lo scorso mese, the now former media minister John Whittingdale suggested that Britain’s public service broadcasters – BBC,...

I owe Margaret Thatcher a debt of thanks for creating Channel 4. Now her heirs could destroy it

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Nothing about the time or the place I was brought up in imbued in me any affection for Margaret Thatcher or the government she led. As a teenager in the 1980s, I watched in horror as my home town of Gateshead was econ...

A year on, the battered and graffitied Colston is finally a potent memorial to our past

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La settimana scorsa, for the first time in months, the burning eye of the outrage industry pivoted westwards and came to rest upon the city of Bristol. Di venerdì, the statue of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston, topp...

Britain’s failure to honour black and Asian dead is a scandal of the present, not just the past

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One afternoon, nine years ago, I read an astonishing academic paper, written by Professor Michèle Barrett of Queen Mary University of London. Using documents from the archives of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission...

The poisonously patronising Sewell report is historically illiterate

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Since its publication, the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has been denounced as “divorced from reality” by public health experts. Dame Doreen Lawrence has warned that it risks pushing the figh...

The royals are just like much of our presstrapped in a fantasy version of Britain’s past

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Among the justifications habitually wheeled out by the monarchy’s defenders is the claim that a queen or a king – a head of state by birth rather than election – stands above politics and, from that lofty position, è...