Wednesday, 21 February 2007

The Campaign Gathers Momentum

News that a senior UK police chief has called for heroin to be made available free under the National Health Service should hearten all of us who endure the torture of addiction to family history.

It can only be a matter of time before the UK Government listens to the voice of reason, and make genealogy services free on the NHS, too.

How else are we to stop the situation where families break up, as one partner or another spends inordinate amounts of time digging up their lost ancestors, spending the housekeeping money on the fruitless subscription to internet family history sites, or on copy certificates for marriages that took place a century or more ago?


Harry Barnes said...


On the Spanish Civil War. My favourite book is Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" and I arranged for the pre-view of that great Ken Loache film "Land and Freedom" at a cinema during a Labour Party Conference. Ken was present and I chaired the discussion after the film was shown.

Thomas Hamburger Jnr said...

I, too, have been influenced by Orwell's work. "Homage to Catalonia" gave me a love of Spain and the Spanish that has endured ever since.
Harry - you are an inspiration!