As you know Simon Schama is the new history tsar. But what has he said so far. Has he merely repeated fatuous nonsense about no-one knowing our island story any longer? Well, let’s look at a brief verbatim extract.
“A return to coherent gripping history is not a step backwards to dry-as-dust instruction,” he said.
“It represents a moment of cultural and educational rediscovery. Without this renewed sense of our common story – one full of contention not self-congratulation – we will be a poorer and weaker Britain.”
Nothing wrong with coherent gripping history ; nothing wrong with re-examination; nothing wrong with contention. Its just the words OUR COMMON story that make the hairs on the back of your neck bristle.