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Age Of Empire

by | 12th, July 2004

‘EVERY government succumbs in the end to a desire to return this country to a mythical Golden Age.

‘Keep out of the white and into the red…’

With Maggie Thatcher, it was a nostalgia for Victorian values the same values that would not have even given her the vote, let alone the chance to be Prime Minister.

With John Major, it was of course the disastrous Back To Basics campaign long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, old maids cycling to Holy Communion and Tory ministers banging their secretaries.

And with Tony Blair, it is his Billy Bunterisation of the country’s schools, with the proposals for a return of school uniform, school houses and competitive sport.

This morning, we learn that this revolution is to go even further with Ofsted recommending that more time is devoted to teaching pupils about the British Empire.

‘Critics of present teaching,’ explains the Telegraph, ‘argue that children primarily learn about history through the eyes of those who suffered injustice at British hands such as slaves.

‘They do not receive an adequate picture of the political and military history of the empire which would enable them to understand its significance and legacy.’

At the moment, the paper

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