In July 2020, historian David Starkey apologised for using racist comments during a discussion about slavery. He apologised “‘unreservedly” for the use of his “deplorably inflammatory” comments. Following his remarks, Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam College, Canterbury Christ Church University and The Mary Rose Trust cut ties with the historian. Now, reflecting on his comments, he told Nigel Farage on GB News he does not respect cancel culture warriors.
Starkey stated: “I apologised at the time but there’s no point in doing that.
“What I said was stupid, I used a word – and come on Nigel, you’ve never, ever under any circumstances made a mistake have you?
“You, like the people at the Guardian and BBC, observe discretion, complete balance, total impartiality, nothing ever slips through your lips.
“Well, I’m afraid it did. It was stupid and I paid a price. But you know what, I didn’t pay all that price.
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“I was fortunate, thanks to all those years of television I was prosperous, the university appointments were merely honorary.
“And you really do discover who your friends are. I was equally very fortunate, I didn’t lose a single person that I valued.
“You then also discover what titles and honorifics are worth. If they can be taken away for a single word, what is the value of them?
“They are worthless. What I did was I learned the people confirming those distinctions have no right to do so.
“They represent nothing. If something supposedly given to you because you’re a distinguished historian is taken away because of a single slip of the tongue that is not justice, that is not reason, that is not the proper direction of behaviour, it is mere crass vengeance.
“It is a desire, it is also an act of gross ingratitude. When you have given, as I did to my college, and to the University of Cambridge, do you know what, the reason I was not with James my late partner when he died was I was doing the speech at King’s College, Cambridge.”
“David, you’ve been one of the biggest victims of cancel culture but let ask you one last thing,” Farage commented.
But Starkey interrupted: “No, never the word victim. Do I look broken?”
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“No you do not,” Farage replied. “How do we get you back?”
Starkey ranted: “You are only a victim if you act like a victim, if you’re crushed like a victim, if you respect the people who do it.
“I don’t respect them. I treat them with most absolute disdain and contempt.
“They happen to manage so much of our public life, they’re not worthy my shining my shoe, and I’m wearing suede.”
Farage burst into laughter as the crowd around the pair began applauding Starkey’s answer.
Commenting on Twitter, Jo Marney posted: “Very interesting and intelligent man. Inspiring that he hasn’t let the woke brigade get him down.
“Was a pleasure to be there and to have a chat with David (and of course Nigel) after the show.”
Twitter user @BlueSky wrote: “Please give this gentleman a dedicated spot on GB weekly! A whole lifetime of knowledge that needs to be shared with the world with the current sad state of affairs.
“It would be very poignant to not have all the historical facts out there, the world has a lot to learn from him.”