Patrick Wright

is Emeritus Professor of Literature, History and Politics at King’s College London. His books include: On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain (1985); A Journey through Ruins (1991); and the just published The Sea View Has Me Again: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness (2020).



‘A decisive effort is necessary’

Heritage, Brexit and the British state

The case for Brexit may amount to more than pure fiction. But there is no denying it is rooted in a revivalist narrative of British history. Whether the perceived enemy be Europe, the welfare state or migrants, the right has been waging the same battle since the 1980s.

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