Why the 1990s were the last golden age of culture

With Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997, which opened amid official talk of “Cool Britannia”, the movement peaked – and today, within the art world, it is often derided as splashy and dumb. Yet, the YBAs made contemporary art less elitist, and generated an energy that other artists benefited from too, such as the … Read more

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s new war on woke

Fresh from counting civil servants at their Whitehall desks, Jacob Rees-Mogg has taken the culture war to the next level by reversing a ban on woke language in Whitehall. The Government Efficiency minister is reviewing the Cabinet Office’s internal “style guide” in a bid to remove prohibitions on politically incorrect vocabulary like “purdah”, which was … Read more

‘Decolonise’ maths by subtracting white male viewpoint, urges Durham University

The mathematics curriculum at a leading university is being “decolonised”, with professors urged to write biographies of theorists, question if they are mostly white or male, and consider the cultural origins of numbers. Durham University’s decolonization campaign has swept up the department of mathematical sciences, where all staff are being urged to make the subject … Read more