I think that singling out the UK is a bit of a stretch. This virus is spreading rapidly across Europe and North America too. Try saying anything that diverges from the loony-tune orthodoxy in the University of Wisconsin for instance, where they are already rolling out courses in “feminist biology.” The mind boggles! “Feminist history” is coming soon, and like feminist biology it is pure fantasy from start to finish; but question any of it at your peril.
The problem with academia in the western world is that most academics are chronically politically correct, and reality isn’t. When you elevate ideology of any kind over reality, then you must say goodbye to real scholarship.