• Durham Open 2014

    Durham Open tournament was held in Durham on the  8-9 November 2014. Here are the motions that were debated in the 5 elimination rounds and the Semis, and finals:

    Round 1: This house would ban religious organizations from providing rehabilitation services to drug and alcohol addicts.
    Round 2: This house believes that democracies should extend voting rights to migrant workers.
    Round 3: This house, as a feminist, would oppose products marketed to help women protect themselves from date rape.
    [Info slide - Undercover Color are a company that are developing a nail-varnish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol. Many bars provide bottle toppers such as 'the Spikey Bottle Topper' that encourage customers to protect their drinks.]
    Round 4: This house believes that Arab-Israelis who successfully seek election to the Knesset should opt not to take up that seat. [Info slide - The Knesset has 120 seats. 12 seats are taken up by Arab-Israelis, who are divided into six parties.]
    Round 5: This house believes that the state should construct false historical narratives that promote social cohesion (e.g. racial and religious tolerance)
    Semi-Final: This house believes that true women’s liberation is incompatible with the existence of organized religion.
    Novice Final: There is a potion which can stop you falling in love. This house, as an 18 year old, would take the potion.
    Open Final: This house believes that FB should manipulate users’ newsfeeds in order to promote progressive content. [Info slide - In the past few years Facebook has engaged in a series of experiments manipulating the content that users are exposed to (e.g. skewing news feeds to show more happy/sad posts, showing or hiding posts about having voted) to determine whether this can have an effect on user’s actions/attitudes. In 2012, Facebook modified newsfeeds to test the effect of exposure to news articles about the upcoming elections, and whether it increased or decreased voter turnout. Research data suggests that these methods are effective at increasing voter turnout.]

  • Westminster Open 2014

    This debate tournament was held between December 6th and 7th 2014. If you look through the motions that were debated, you can see there are a couple of complicated motions, some of them needed an info slide, but most of them were something new and interesting. Here are the motions:

    Round 1: This house would base monetary criminal fines primarily on the income of the perpetrator rather than the severity of the crime
    Round 2: This house believes that the EU should abandon its commitment to the principle of open borders between member states.
    Round 3 info video: (1:10 to 2:00)
    Round 3: This house believes that feminists should support the HeForShe movement.
    Round 4 info slide: The Association of South East Asian Nations (also known as ASEAN) consists of the following countries; Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Its aim is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and peace and stability within the region. Motion: This house believes it is in ASEAN's long term best interests to seek closer ties with China rather than the U.S.A.
    Round 5 info slide: John Lennon freely admitted in multiple interviews to committing acts of domestic abuse. Jimmy Page has admitted on multiple occasions that he was in a relationship with a 14 year old girl. Motion: This house believes that the music press should aggressively negatively depict the work of artists, such as John Lennon and Jimmy Page who commit morally reprehensible acts.
    Novice Final info slide: To proselytise is to induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith. Novice Final Motion: This house would ban religious charities from proselytising in the developing world.
    Semi-Final: This house supports the decision of pop stars such as Lily Allen and Adele to not take part in Band Aid
    Final: This house would grant an amnesty to those who commit crimes during US race riots so long as they meet the following criteria: 1. They were motivated by a desire to fight social injustice 2. If property is targeted, it belongs to the aparatus of the state (for example, police cares and government buildings


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