Britain is not yet embroiled in a US-style culture war

Having lived and worked in the United States, I recoil from the whole idea that this destructive phenomenon should transfer – or already have transferred – itself over here, writes Mary Dejevsky

Thursday 03 June 2021 21:30
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<p>In the summer of 2020, Black Lives Matter protests were held across the UK</p>

In the summer of 2020, Black Lives Matter protests were held across the UK

Almost as telling as the topics that have dominated public discussions over the  pandemic year are the topics that could have done, but didn’t: the dogs that, for whatever reason, failed to bark.

One of these was England. Where, among all the forecasts that the UK could break up – a process that seemed to be accelerating, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all pursued their own Covid policies – was any mention of the so-called English question?

The prime minister, the UK health secretary and their advisers made pronouncements from a podium with union flags, yet their power in most health matters stopped at the English border. Was there any talk of a new constitutional settlement, any voice speaking specifically for England? Almost none.

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