The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Discussion Group

Online Debates

During the coronavirus restrictions, the Discussion Group are conducting some weekly debates using e-mail & phone for submitting answers which are being summarised in this website.

Initially we circulated 12 general/timeless questions for debate to which members of the Group added new quesions:

General/Timeless Questions

Since then we have moved on to Discussion-type questions and topical questions including questions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Previous Debates

Feedback on our previous debates has been summarised in a separate page:

Previous Debates

Last Week's Debate

Question without a Vote

17A -In what order of importance should the following Great Britons be placed:

- Tim Berners-Lee
- Winston Churchill
- William Shakespeare
- Queen Elizabeth II?

Debate 17A - Great Britons II

Questions with a Vote

17B In the foreseeable future, do you think that shops and stores will be more willing to accept notes and coin?

Debate 17B - Cashless Society

17C - With the increasing use of bank cards and digital payments, do you think that we need so many branches of banks/building societies and ATMs?

Debate 17C - Do we need so many banking branches and ATMs?

Final Question without a Vote

17D - After lockdown restrictions are further eased on 4 July, would you:

1. Stay in a hotel
2. Visit a dentist
3. Attend a Discussion Group meeting at the Community Centre! (in a larger room with social distancing)

Debate 17D - Confidence to undertake activities again

Current Debate

All 4 Question with a Vote

18A - Should, and if so how should, political parties be funded to avoid potential scandal re business favours and dependence on unions?

Debate 18A - How should political parties be funded?

18B - We have been asked to self isolate to save the NHS and we have.

Pubs and clubs have closed and A & E has not been overcrowded with drunks in need of emergency care.

To continue to save A&E, should the Government now admit that the all-night drinking policy has failed miserably and close pubs at midnight?

Debate 18B - Should pubs close at midnight?

18C - Should primary school children be taught about transgender?

Debate 18C - Should primary school children be taught about transgender?

18D - On Tuesday 23 June the Prime Minister announced that from 4 July there would be a set of changes to the guidance on the coronavirus including:

"Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart, people should.
But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning they should remain one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission."

Do you think that this is generally understood?

Debate 18D - Are the newsocial distancing rules generally understood?

Future Questions

Future questions will be chosen for discussion either with or without a vote.

Questions linked to Coronavirus

1. What actions should the Government & other organisations take to retain the community spirit shown during the pandemic?

2. During the lockdown, there has been a marked increase in the following activities/behaviour:

A. Video-conferencing/home education
B. Take-aways and home deliveries of groceries
C. Exercise
D. Community spirit
E. Appreciation of the NHS
F. Air Quality

What other increases in activities/behaviour (max 3) would you add to the list?

Which of these changes on the list plus your additions do you think will stay at this increased level after the restrictions are lifted?

3. Greece has opened its borders to holidaymakers from 29 countries. Is excluding the UK an indictment on our handling of covid 19?

4. Should the Government pass legislation to prevent companies from increasing prices and profiting from the pandemic?

5. Once lessons are learned from the pandemic, should the government assemble a permanent task force, responsible for equipping the NHS and planning the logistics of such a disaster in future?

6. Does unprecedented state intervention on a massive scale demonstrate that unfettered capitalism, just like unfettered socialism has failed?

7. Should we have kept garden centres open as Holland did?

8. Will the coronavirus outbreak lead to some nationalisation by the backdoor?

9. Does the diverging strategy employed by the 4 nations in dealing with Covid 19 herald an increasing sense of separation and expedite independence?

10. Can the great British public be expected to observe self isolation and lockdown rules if those who are instrumental in drafting them flout them with impunity?

11. After the Cummings debacle, will the public (a) listen and (b) obey the instructions on Track & Trace?

12. Can the UK economy and businesses cope with both Covid 19 and a no-deal Brexit?

Other Subjects

1. Is it time to admit that we cannot provide NHS care to everyone free at the point of delivery?

2. After a difficult beginning does Boris Johnson have the political nous and intuition necessary or is he a one-cause chap and now floundering under pressure?

3.If the reduction in car use shows a drop in carbon % will this increase the interest in electronic cars, which would we prefer, electric, hydrogen or other fuel alternatives.

4. By talking to Michel Barnier and hinting at remaining, have the Lib Dems and other minor parties made a deal with the EU more difficult?

5. Following the death of George Floyd in police custody, should GB stop exporting tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to USA?

6. In the US trade talks, does Johnson's climb-down on accepting chlorinated chicken and other food, that breach EU standards, herald a sacrificing of standards to achieve a trade deal at any costs, which will only boost the economy by 0.16% of GDP?

7. How much is a country's major religion attributable to historical conquest and colonialism?

8. Does Twitter banning Katie Hopkins represent a curtailment of free speech or an overdue welcome restriction of a bigot?

9. Should Britain maintain statues or just have special land set aside for commemorative areas?

10. Should land become freed for other purposes, as more cremations are preferred, with "cask" ashes being in the hands of relatives?

11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Universal Basic Income?

12. Should the Government opt for political appointees to key Civil Service posts or career Civil Servants who would provide subject experience and independent advice?

13. Should the Government suspend Sunday trading laws to give a boost to the economy?

14. Were the BBC right to relegate songs of praise on BBC1 and Radio Solent from prime time viewing and listening?

Colin Bower
9 July 2020

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