November 2018 – 150th Anniversary

On Monday, 5th November, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘this House believes the United Kingdom’s constitution is strong.’ It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by Tony Koutsoumbos. Both our main speakers provided weighty contributions to begin the debate.  The proposer provided a broad overview of the historical development of the UK’s constitution, and […]

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October 2018 – Black History Month

On Monday, 1st October, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘this House believes that Black History Month should be a time for regret rather than for celebration.’ It was proposed by Bill Moss and opposed by Elaine McLean. The debate clearly brought to light the lack of focus on black history and the accomplishments of blacks […]

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September 2018 – Israel

On Monday, 3rd September, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘This house views Israel more as an oppressor than as an underdog.’ It was proposed by Tony Koutsoumbos and opposed by Peter Hulme-Cross. The debate was wide-ranging, and largely focused on issues related to Israel’s dominant military and political position.  We heard an excellent historical backdrop for […]

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August 2018 – Brexit

On Monday, 6th August, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘This House believes we are on course for a Brexit that will make the UK weaker and more isolated in the international community.’ It was proposed by Vaughan Evans and opposed by Joe Lambert. There were two main threads to the debate.  The proposer opened with a […]

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July 2018 – abortion in Northern Ireland

On Monday, 2nd July, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that Westminster should legislate to bring Northern Ireland’s abortion law into line with the rest of the UK.’ It was proposed by Maya Chilaeva and opposed by Elaine McLean. The debate began with a well-structured argument focused on the human rights of women […]

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