October 2019 – Hong Kong protests

On Monday, 7th October, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that the UK government should give full support to the Hong Kong protesters. It was proposed by Thomas Warner and opposed by Mike Douse. The proposer outlined the situation in Hong Kong and made specific reference to the 1997 agreement between the UK and […]

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September 2019 – police and prisons

On Monday, 3rd September, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that Boris Johnson’s plans for police and prisons are the best solution to the rise in serious crime.  It was proposed by Ina Negoita and opposed by Bill Moss. The proposer opened with a very clear overview of the recently proposed changes to […]

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August 2019 – Western liberalism

On Monday, 5th August, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that Western liberalism is now obsolete. It was proposed by Rodrigo Aguilera and opposed by Tony Koutsoumbos. The proposer opened with a history of liberalism, and affirmed that the principles of liberalism were nearly universally supported. However he highlighted in stark terms the a […]

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July 2019 – Scottish independence

On Monday, 1st July, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes that Scotland should be allowed to conduct a second independence referendum. It was proposed by Paul Carroll and opposed by Peter Hulme-Cross.   The proposer opened with a historical perspective on the Union, and provided a clear and detailed overview of the legal position […]

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June 2019 – party politics

On Monday, 3rd June, the Sylvans debated the motion: This House believes the UK’s party political landscape will never be the same. The proposer was Magnus Nielsen and the opposer was Tony Koutsoumbos. The proposer opened with a wide-ranging history of how the UK became involved in the European project (that ultimately became the EU), […]

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