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It’s time to be honest about Britain’s story—and come to terms with the reality of empire

Without a reckoning with our past, 21st-century Britain will struggle to forge a national story that functions for the country we are rapidly becoming

By David Olusoga   Winter Special

A member of staff observes George Philip and Son Ltd's 'Navy League Map of the British Empire at a 2015 Tate exhibition. Photo: PA

On 20th October 2018, the day a “Save Brexit” rally was held in Yorkshire, a Leave voter who had just had his photograph taken with Nigel Farage, did a short interview with a television crew from Sky News. What he said to the camera was this: “For God’s sake let’s just get on, I mean, we’re British. We stood alone for years. Let’s just do it.…

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