Transforming Britain from Brutality to Kindness

HIGH INTELLIGENCEThe Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britainby Simon Heffer Writing during the Second World War, George Orwell drew attention to the contrast between the “softness” that characterized contemporary British civilization and the “brutality” that characterized British life a hundred years ago. Though not mentioned in Orwell’s “Higher Minds,” the transformation he grasped forms …

David Olusoga Wants Britain To Confront Its Past. All.

LONDON — In December, when a British court cleared four Black Lives Matter protesters from punitive damages. overthrow the statue Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader, made his statement in June 2020, thanks in part to the expert testimony of David Olusoga. Olusoga, a historian whose work focuses on race, slavery, and empire, felt it …

3,000 Years Ago, Britain Got Half of Its Genes From France, DNA Study

Lara Cassidy, a geneticist at Trinity College Dublin who was not involved in the research, called the work “a triumph”. It takes a step back and evaluates Bronze Age Britain on a macro scale, plotting major human movements over the centuries with major cultural and linguistic consequences.” Dr. Reich said the study demonstrates how archaeologists …

Britain Remains Silent at Parthenon as Europe Returns Artifacts

LONDON – In 1984, Neil Kinnock, then leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, did what few politicians dared here: he promised to return the Parthenon Marbles. Often called the Elgin Marbles after the English aristocrat who took them from the Parthenon and brought them to London in the early 1800s, these classical sculptures were a …

Britain Needs Fast Truckers; We go to a school where they teach

LONDON — The trainee docked towards an intersection for a seemingly impossible right-angle turn and the 52-foot truck suddenly rumbled, an accurate reflection of perhaps the driver’s nerves or possibly mine. “It can be a little bumpy,” said driving instructor Andrew Hawes with a laugh. Sitting in the driver’s seat (a throne of rubber and …

Britain Prepares for a Tough Holiday Season Due to Famines

The National Pig Association has warned that around 120,000 pigs are backed up on farms due to a shortage of slaughterhouse workers, and the British Poultry Council said it expects to cut Christmas turkey production by 20 percent. On Monday, protesters gathered outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester with banners that read “All we …

A New Sports Star Showcases the Diversity of a More Complex Britain

LONDON — England finally got the national enthusiasm it longed for this summer, not from a men’s soccer team that narrowly missed sporting immortality, but from Emma Raducanu, a young woman with a bright smile. US Open tennis championship on Saturday. 18-year-old Ms. Raducanu’s straight-set victory over 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez sparked cheers from the …