Yesterday Gove carried on with his pantomime insults about history teaching and the need to sort out you history teachers. Well it seems that Niall Ferguson is not enough; you need Schama too. Don’t let the fact that Gove is indecently ignorant of what goes on in history lessons in school get in the way of a good conference speech. All he needs to do is issue a few crass sideswipes about Hitler and the Henries from 8 years ago and the party faithful love him. Add to that – wait for it- lashings of narrative history and they are positively cooing in the aisles. So who better to give us the narrative historty we so stupidly spurn, well our saviour saint Simon, naturally. This is one story where I’ll definitely be following the narrative thread.
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