August 2019 – western liberalism

On Monday, 5th August, the Sylvans will debate the following motion: This House believes that western liberalism is now obsolete. We will be meeting at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1AA in the upstairs room and all are welcome to join. Please arrive at 6:45 for a 7pm start. For more details […]

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July 2019 – Scottish independence

On Monday, 1st July, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that Scotland should be allowed to conduct a second independence referendum. It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by Peter Hulme-Cross.   The proposer opened with a historical perspective on the Union, and provided a clear and detailed overview of the legal position […]

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June 2019 – party politics

On Monday, 3rd June, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes the UK’s party political landscape will never be the same. The proposer was Magnus Nielsen and the opposer was Tony Koutsoumbos. The proposer opened with a wide-ranging history of how the UK became involved in the European project (that ultimately became the EU), […]

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May 2019 – rise of China

On Monday, 13th May, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House views the rise of China as a global threat. It was proposed by Ina Negoita and opposed by Mehregan Ameri.  The debate focused on a number of dimensions of China’s rise as a world power.  The proposer introduced several areas where China has the […]

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April 2019 – Brexit

On Monday, 1st April, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes a soft Brexit is the solution closest to squaring the different political currents of the UK. It was proposed by Peter Hulme-Cross and opposed by Rodrigo Aguilera.   The debate was lively, with passionate views on both sides.  The proposer outlined a number of […]

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