February 2019 – knife crime

On Monday, 4th February, the Sylvans debated the motion: ‘this House believes that youth stabbings should mainly be treated as a health issue.’ It was proposed by Elaine McLean and opposed by James Partridge. The House heard from a number of impassioned speakers with first-hand experience of knife crime, or who have lived in fear […]

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January 2019 – environment

On Monday, 7th January, the Sylvans debated the motion ‘this House believes the UK needs to invest urgently to slow climate change and improve air quality.’ It was proposed by Gwyn Redgers and opposed by Ross Hunter. The debate ranged across a number of environment-related topics. We heard several impassioned pleas for improvements to our environment, […]

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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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