I’ve just finished reading – in fact to be accurate re-reading – ‘Common Sense’ written by Thomas Paine in 1776.
I should explain that the last time I read it was when I was still at school in the early 1960’s as part of our history lessons in which our teacher – who had survived the war before returning to teaching – made it clear he was a republican anti-monarchist socialist and that Thomas Paine was to his mind one of the greatest people who had ever lived.
This was quite radical to us who had been brought up through the 1950’s with world maps in every classroom on which there were huge swages of pink denoting the extent of the British Empire.
Oh yes we were reminded on every conceivable occasion in whatever lesson we had that we were privileged to have been born in the nation who at…
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