July 2020 – green new deal

On Monday, 6th July, the Sylvans will debate the following motion: This house believes a ‘Green New Deal’ is required to re-start the British economy post the pandemic. The debate will be held online via video stream – for more information on how to join, please contact us or join our mailing list at the […]

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June 2020 – Covid-19 geopolitics

On Monday, 1st June, the Sylvans debated the motion: This house believes the pandemic will accelerate the decline of America as the global superpower. It was proposed by Mike Douse and opposed by Gokul Ganga-Nair. The proposer railed against America’s culture and miltaristic approach, as embodied by the current President Trump. He argued that the […]

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May 2020 – universal basic income

On Monday, 4th May, the Sylvans debated the motion: This house believes Covid-19 shows that the UK should adopt a universal basic income scheme. It was proposed by Rodrigo Aguilera and opposed by Tania Hardcastle. The proposer defined a universal basic income (UBI) as an on-going payment to all citizens, and outlined both right- and […]

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April 2020 – TV licensing

On Monday, 6th April, the Sylvans debated the motion: This house believes that the BBC TV licence should continue to be compulsory. It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by David Kerry. The proposer stated that the BBC is a public good that anyone can access, and strongly argued that the BBC needs to […]

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March 2020 – artificial intelligence (AI)

On Monday, 2nd March, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that AI is more likely to reduce than increase happiness. It was proposed by Paul Byford and opposed by Lynn Jiang. The proposer covered a range of areas where AI is likely to have an impact on human society.  While there is a […]

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