Speaking at a press conference at Brighton College, Starkey said: “Those men were acting within their own cultural norms. Nobody ever told them that the history of women in Britain was once rather similar that in Pakistan and it had changed.”

“If we are to make this highly diverse society work, and I desperately hope that we do, what we should be focusing on is the astonishing record of change without revolution in English history”

He said that an approach to the teaching of English history should look at the origins of modern feminism and create a “common identity” and overcome the challenges of multiculturalism. 

Starkey is no stranger to controversy, having found himself the focus of outrage over his comments in the wake of the London riots last year that “the whites have become black” , as well as causing a furore by describing Scotland, Wales and Ireland as “feeble little countries”. 

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