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Should Henry Morton Stanley's statue be pulled down?

8 August 2021 11:30 am

Should Stanley fall? Debate is raging over whether a statue of the Victorian explorer Henry Morton Stanley, which was erected…

The techniques of totalitarianism are still fully in play today

24 July 2021 9:00 am

How to Become a Tyrant(Netflix) is ideal history TV for Generation No Attention Span. Presented in six bite-sized chunks by…

Britain is a tolerant country and a few football racists don't change that

15 July 2021 6:28 pm

The racist messages sent to England football players in recent days are shameful, but to suggest that the UK is a festering hotbed…

Why do those who abuse Priti Patel get a free pass?

15 July 2021 6:40 am

Remember when Labour MP Clive Lewis got into trouble for saying, ‘On your knees, bitch’? It was at a fringe…

Taking the knee isn't the best way of showing black lives matter

22 June 2021 7:08 am

As a black football fan who grew up going to matches in the seventies and eighties, I know more than…

Are England fans allowed to be proud of the St George’s Cross?

19 June 2021 9:01 am

It’s starting to feel like the only flag you can’t fly in England is the England flag. Wave the Pride…

France is divided on 'taking the knee'

15 June 2021 11:53 pm

Until this month ‘taking a knee’ has not been a French phenomenon. When the Black Lives Matter movement spilled out of…

Olympics' organisers could regret banning 'taking the knee'

24 April 2021 4:30 pm

Knee-taking and fist-raising protests have been banned at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee warning athletes who flout the rules…

Derek Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd’s murder

21 April 2021 9:17 am

Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Jurors deliberated for ten hours before…

Theatre's final taboo: fun

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The stage has become a pleasure-free zone in which snarling dramatists fight over their pet political causes, says Lloyd Evans

Now isn't the time to 'decolonise' the curriculum

7 April 2021 3:55 pm

Who will educate the educators, when the educators get things wrong? This week, one of Britain’s leading teaching unions passed a…

There's the kernel of a good show in this copycat Hamilton: Treason the Musical reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Copycat Hamiltons are everywhere. Lin-Manuel Miranda led the way by turning an unexamined corner of history into a smash-hit show.…

The campus Churchill delusion

27 February 2021 6:15 pm

Was Winston Churchill a racist? For students like me who attended Churchill College, Cambridge, it’s a question which barely even…

Is Black Lives Matter a voice for black Brits?

25 February 2021 1:55 am

Does Black Lives Matter speak for black Brits? The organisation’s objectives are certainly radical: it has professed public support for direct…

What 'Britain's wokest headteacher' gets wrong

23 February 2021 6:17 pm

Ah, a story for our times. And I think you know how it’s going to go. There was this junior…

Rhodes shouldn't fall but Clive had to go

24 January 2021 5:45 pm

Tearing down statues and renaming places is all the rage. But acting in this way isn’t always a mistake. Take…

Statue wars: what should we do with controversial monuments?

19 January 2021 2:03 am

Secretary of State for Communities Robert Jenrick’s pledge to protect monuments and statues from mob iconoclasm with new laws and…

A woke church is doomed to fail

27 December 2020 6:00 pm

My church attendance leaves something to be desired and I can’t cite Bible verses for every occasion. Yet for as…

A night of angry pipsqueaks: Young Vic's 50th birthday gala reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

When Kwame Kwei-Armah took over the Young Vic he strapped a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign over the front of the…

Covid marshals are killing theatre: The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Covid marshals have invaded theatreland. Arriving for a weekday matinee at the Bridge, I was greeted by stewards holding up…