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John Palin

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  • Birthday 10/23/1947

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    School History Text Books.<br />Local and Family History.<br />Theology<br />Environment
  1. I want to try looking at this topic differently. People with a religious faith ( and I count myself as an Anglican Christian amongst them) must and do accept that governments need to legistlate from time to time on matters which relate to moral beliefs and values. They will also, largely accept that any discussion or debate will expose the ethical philosophies of the participants; differences of moral position which people are rightly at liberty to hold. The main difficulty is that religious believers are freqently mis-represented in debate as trying to impose their beliefs on others who do
  2. Is it morally right for top wage owners to pay more than a 40% rate of income-tax?" The real question here is whether it is right for governments to tax people's income so highly. I think it is arguable that in a society in which we share many benefits and have a mutual responsibility to each other that the rich should pay more direct tax than the less rich or poor. The principle of progressive direct tax means that high earners pay more as a proportion of their income. But this is less fair if benefits are not means tested. Why should a rich family for example have the same child benefi
  3. I may well be a Conservative in the sense that I dislike social engineering carried out in the name of some abstarct noun like Liberty or Equality. Sooner or later any regime brought in to create a more equal society by means of standardising our social and econimic relationships will lead to a power elite of the committed rather than the talented. This in turn will ignite a counter movement. Politics as Aristotle knew well is a branch of Ethics. It should be concerned with the moral duty of people towards each other rather than about attempts to redefine their status or minimise their va
  4. From time to time someone will send me an interesting question from my website www.knowingbritishhistory.co.uk which I cannot answer without help. Maybe someone in this Forum has some ideas. Here's the message:- "NAME=mike sharpe E-MAIL=metal_mike@tiscali.co.uk WEB PAGE= COMMENTS=I have a number of issues of "Pictorial Education " dated 1930's, pub originally by Evans Bros ltd.all are A3 size and printed in sepia. Any idea of possible value to a collector.? good condition.can you suggest liks to anyone interested please,thanks" No doubt there are people who value such things and collect
  5. The great interest in the on-line 1901 Census inspires me to test my theory through the Forum. I maintain that most present day extended families will know something of what family members were doing during World War 1, and so when they turn to the 1901 census they know some of the family members they are looking for? Am I right? What is my reasoning? 1. The impact of the two world wars on family oral history. 2. Many families were established in the same areas throughout the twentieth century. 3. The emergence of smaller definitions of "family" in the early twentieth century and t
  6. Hi! I'm John Palin. I'm not a teacher but I am married to Christine who is! I do teach adults on a regular basis within the NHS. I am very interested in the teaching of history in schools and I am currently involved in a new website project which I hope will interest users of the forum. The website www.knowingbritishhistory.co.uk celebrates the history school text books of S.L.Case with a special emphasis on the Knowing series which was very popular at one time, designed for the less able students and covering a very wide range of history topics and periods. Though these are now out of pr
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