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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June 2018 – artificial intelligence

On Monday, 4th June, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence.’ It was proposed by Rodrigo Aguilera and opposed by Prospero DaGama. We heard the potential impact of AI, ranging from super-intelligent AI destroying the world to its economic costs and benefits, while exploring human fear […]

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May 2018 – social media and democracy

On Monday, 14th May, the Sylvans debated the resolution that ‘This House believes that the rise of social media has been bad for democracy.’    It was proposed by Daniel Viray and opposed by Richard Johnson. There were a number of threads to the debate, in particular the role of social media in the spread of […]

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