Saturday, 28 November 2015

Review letter on empire

How sad, and sadly typical of this country, that when advice is needed to frame the schools` history syllabus, the person chosen is Niall Ferguson, a "neocon court historian", rather than an expert analyst of primary evidence, like William Dalrymple, who wants the true version of the subject to be taught (Facing up to the past,21/11/15). Until the UK faces up to historical facts, like the "racially inspired genocides" committed in its name in the years of empire, how can it hope to remove bigotry and prejudice from society? The Tate`s exhibition "exploring its artistic legacy" is, at least, a start, but a less duplicitous government would ensure it toured the country!

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