The British Empire lies at the heart of the British psyche. Our imperial history has shaped the way we live and think: from the foundation of the NHS to the nature of our racism, and the sense of exceptionalism that could be seen in the Brexit campaign – and in the government’s early response to the Covid crisis. Yet empire is strangely hidden from view, cordoned off in the curriculum rather than integrated into how we learn our language, appreciate our monuments or read our great books. Journalist Sathnam Sanghera talks to former culture minister Ed Vaizey about why we must embrace this history to understand what unites us.
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