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Tate goes woke: Why Tate Britain should drop the political posturing and allow its collection to speak for itself

Tate goes woke: Why Tate Britain should drop the political posturing and allow its collection to speak for itself

Tate Britain is not what it was. The great, familiar works from the Cholmondeley Ladies from the start of the seventeenth century to David Hockney’s 1967 A Bigger Splash are still there. The walls of the hulking edifice on the grounds of Jeremy Bentham’s Millbank Prison retain their shrapnelled pockmarks from the War. With fewer tourists since the pandemic a visit has in some ways become a more pleasant experience – although to be fair the tourist crowds have been a fraction of those of its sister gallery a few miles downriver ever since Tate Modern opened its doors in 2000. Nevertheless a visit has become a less comfortable experience if one does not wish to be accosted by the excesses of woke culture.

Why do we read?

Why do we read?

In a video to mark the 20th World Book Day, Lindsay Johns – Policy Exchange’s Head of Arts and Culture – asks the question… why do we read?

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