The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Discussion Group


During the coronavirus restrictions, the Discussion Group are conducting some weekly debates using e-mail and this website.

Previously we circulated 12 potential questions for debate, to which we added a debate on the Future of the Discussion Group.

The feedback on Debate 1 has been summarised:

Debate 1 - Future of the Discussion Group

The feedback on Debate 2 has been summarised:

Debate 2- Do we need an elite?

The feedback on Debate 3 has been summarised:

In hindsight, have the Government communications on coronavirus been clear enough?

Current Debate

Debate 4 is underway:

Can you teach common sense?

Future Debates

We have invited members of the Group to submit questions and these have been put at the top of the list.

List of Potential Future Debates

1. In the UK should there be a new maximum and new minimum voting age?

2. Should people be selected on merit rather than diversity?

3. Should the negotiations for Brexit be delayed until the coronvirus crisis has abated?

4. Have we faced up to our colonial past?

5. Is the High-Speed Train project justified?

6. Should serving MPs be prevented from having second jobs or directorships of companies?

7. Should former “armed service” personnel be given preferential treatment to access jobs and accommodation?

8. Is it time to start charging for local public services like libraries rather than cutting them?

9. Should the UK Human Rights Act exclude those convicted of serious crimes against humans?

10. Should our utilities be re-nationalised?

11. Should voting be compulsory?

12.Should we reintroduce national service?

13.Would a coalition government ever work in this country?

14. Should we legislate against shooting birds for sport?

Colin Bower
27 March 2020

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