One thing before I go…
This year is the 340th anniversary of the 1647 Putney Debates; the remarkable experiment in open political debate conducted by the Army. BBC History magazine had some articles devoted to it, but otherwise it’s gone largely unnoticed.
A new exhibition has opened in the church where the debates took place- see the link above. Something I hope to go and see.
The most famous words from the debates are prominently displayed:-
“I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he”
Would you get such clear, impassioned political debate today?