The power of cul­ture

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

ATHENA watches in amaze­ment at the cur­rent con­duct of Brexit. Not only do our politi­cians seem com­pletely paral­ysed by the chal­lenges it presents, but the whole fo­cus of their dis­cus­sion upon eco­nomics and free move­ment seems un­help­fully nar­row. If we should have learnt any­thing from the mo­men­tous events of the past year, it’s that quan­ti­fied data—what might be termed the cul­ture of the spread­sheet— is only part of ev­ery story.

To a quite strik­ing de­gree, we need to un­der­stand the lim­i­ta­tions of our sta­tis­tics and recog­nise that, in terms of gov­ern­men­tal pol­icy, what’s off the spread­sheet can be quite as im­por­tant as what’s on it.

In this re­gard, Athena can’t help won­der­ing if the Gov­ern­ment has en­tirely for­got­ten about the role of her­itage, both at home and in our re­la­tions with the world? Is there any-

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