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Politicians and media told to stop fabricating culture wars | Identity politics

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Much of the focus on so-called “culture war” issues in the UK is based on confected controversies, a thinktank analysis has suggested, with the debate artificially inflamed by politicians and commentators and then amplified by social media.

While some countries waged such battles over more genuine societal divides, the UK’s culture wars simply pitted deprived communities against each other and tended to “caricature” movements for equality, the Fabian Society said.

The report from the leftwing organisation charted the trajectory of a series of recent controversies attributed to culture wars, such as debate over whether Rule, Britannia! should be played on the final night of the Proms, and supposed efforts to “cancel” the film Grease, concluding that these do not reflect genuine divisions and are largely stoked by politicians and the media.

It warned politicians from both the left and right to avoid taking part in such antics, lest political…

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