This year’s House Debating Competition was a hard-fought one. Motions such as This House believes that every country should have the right to possess nuclear weapons and This House would allow prisoners to choose death over a life sentence began a fierce first round with some excellent research and rebuttals from all our competitors. The floor was particularly fiery in directing points and questions at the debaters, especially (and not surprisingly) in the debate about restricting free speech. Our final debate saw School House, represented by the able team of Abdul R and Tom M, take on Sankey’s House, represented by Nicole BP and Claudia L, both of whom entered the competition for the first time this year. The motion, This House prefers cats to dogs, was both frivolous and controversial and the teams demonstrated real skill in presenting their arguments and dealing with unexpected lunges from the other side. Despite some rather odd wardrobe choices, School House were the ultimate winners, described by Sankey’s as a ‘cat-astrophe’. However, much praise and congratulations must go to all who competed this year. Thanks must also go to Mrs Mole, Miss Freeland, Ms McKeown and Mr Oliver and to our various chairs and timekeepers. Thursday evenings in the Sanderson Room were a real pleasure.
Dr Elizabeth Keane, Head of Politics