January 2022 debate – health and liberty

On Monday, 10th January the Sylvans will debate the following motion: This house believes that public health-related pandemic responses are justified in restricting personal liberties. The debate will be held online – for more information on how to join, please contact us or join our mailing list at the bottom of the home page (check your spam folder if […]

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In the corruption in politics debate, the Sylvans considered whether the the UK's political system is morally bankrupt, and agreed.

Corruption in politics debate – December 2021

The Sylvan corruption in politics debate considered the following motion: This house believes that the UK’s political system is morally bankrupt. The debate took place on Monday, 6th December.  David Kerry proposed the motion and Adam Smith opposed it. The proposition supporting the view that the UK’s system is morally bankrupt The proposer began by […]

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In the Taiwan debate, the Sylvans voted not to support Western military action against China to maintain Taiwanese independence.

Taiwan debate – November 2021

The Sylvan Taiwan debate considered the following motion: This house believes it would be worth the West fighting a war with China to maintain Taiwan’s independence. The debate took place on Monday, 1st November. The proposition supporting a robust response to potential Chinese aggression against Taiwan The proposer asked for the Chatham House rule to […]

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In the social care debate, the Sylvans considered whether they support the government's new social care plan, and decided they do not.

Social care debate – October 2021

The Sylvan social care debate considered the following motion: This house supports the government’s plan to reform social care. The debate took place on Monday, 4th October.  David Kerry proposed the motion and Elaine McLean opposed it. The proposition supporting the government’s social care plan The proposer pointed out the critical nature of social care […]

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In the Afghanistan debate, the Sylvans considered whether the decision to leave the country after 20 years was a mistake, and agreed.

Afghanistan debate – September 2021

The Sylvan Afghanistan debate considered the following motion: This house believes that the decision to leave Afghanistan was a mistake. The debate took place on Monday, 6th September.  Peter Hulme-Cross proposed the motion and Mike Douse opposed it. The proposition supporting the view that leaving Afghanistan was a mistake The proposer discussed the history of Western […]

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