Is the UK headed for a US-style "culture war"?
There has been a huge surge in media coverage mentioning "culture wars" in recent years, the number of articles focusing on the existence or nature of culture wars in the UK has gone from just 21 in 2015 to 534 in 2020, according to research by Kings College London.
Since 2018, the language of "culture wars" has been a magnet for a wide range of issues: from views on lockdown to the removal of statues, from wearing a poppy or singing Rule Britannia to wearing a mask, any divisive topic is quickly dubbed a new "fault line" in the culture wars.
But what exactly is the culture war and is it real? If so who are the participants, what, if any, are journalisms's responsibilities in fuelling it? What should its role in addressing cultural issues be moving forward? and what could this mean for impartiality?