Since it was formed the NCF has been challenging the cultural orthodoxies dominant in the media, academia, education, and British culture in its widest sense. We have forged important relationships within the national political, media and cultural spheres and now enjoy a high profile.Through our research projects and highly-praised and influential publications, our active media work and our interactions with ministers and cultural policy-makers and opinion-formers, we have contributed fresh thinking to the public and political debate on the cultural issues of our time. We believe it is a mistake to assume that people are, as is often claimed by politicians, politically disengaged. Increasing numbers of us are very passionate about political and cultural issues, but feel there is no outlet within an atmosphere which is dominated by the existence of a liberal/left group-think.
With the recent movement of the political right towards the so-called ‘centre ground’, even fewer dissenting voices are heard. The liberal establishment sets the terms of debate.At a time of threat from extremism, the West finds itself besieged from within and without. Too often our enemies and our opinion formers appear to agree that Western culture is an indefensible horror.This is nonsense. The West is in fact a unique bastion of reasoned freedom. Britain in particular should be proud of the great role it has played in Western education, art and culture. We formed the New Culture Forum as a response to this situation. An association of people who work in the media and cultural arenas, the NCF is the first body of its kind to draw specifically on these areas.
Peter Whittle is the founder and director of the New Culture Forum. He is the author of five successful and well-received books on aspects of British culture, including Look at Me: Celebrating the Self in Modern Britain and Being British: What's Wrong With It? He writes the Whittle’s London column for Standpoint magazine.
Born and educated in London, he was formerly a television producer and director, making programmes for both British and American networks. As a journalist he has contributed to numerous national and international publications, and has appeared widely across the British broadcast media.