UK Debate

An Open Letter to Safe Space Occupants at University

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Just what were you thinking? Did anybody warn you about the dangers of attending university in Britain? Did you, even for a moment, stop to consider whether life at home or a job at your local Subway would protect you from the whirlwind of intellectual adventure, hellhole of differing opinion and carousel of aggressive debate that make university so worthwhile?

Facebook Is No Place for Sophisticated Debate

Jack Harvey | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Harvey

Another 'feminism'-inspired social media debate is brewing at my university and, once again, you'll find me with my head in my hands. I didn't participate in the previous debate and I don't plan to change my ways in the new one. It's quite likely that this week's new debate will resemble last term's debate, in both nature and in quality.

Can Safe Spaces and Academia Co-exist?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

There is an important yet depressingly polarised debate raging across university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic at the moment. It concerns a plethora of policies ranging from no-platforming certain groups and speakers, banning certain university societies, demanding trigger warnings for a range of issues in lectures and in general extending the philosophy of safe spaces and the reverence of personal feelings into general university life.

My Sincere Advice to the "Mawlid Debaters"

Dilly Hussain | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Over the past couple of weeks, social media has been inundated with controversial videos and statuses from two groups of Muslims on the permissibility...

#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to abol...

The Dawn of a New Union?

Charlotte Chorley | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Chorley

Is the Union running out of 'interesting' speakers? Or are they so preoccupied by the tired narrative Assange offers that they are turning back on their promise to update their structure and their substance?

Should We Be Having Babies at 20? Lessons From the Past

Leah Astbury | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Astbury

Babies. The constant stream of news stories about when we're having them, why we're not and the technologies available that can help us obtain them, seems testament to how all consumed we are with the issue of fertility in 2015...

No Facebook, There Is Nothing 'Overtly Sexual' About Breast Cancer

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech
Sophia Hyatt

A warm welcome to the modern world - or if you prefer, the more anal one, in which the likes of Praxiteles would most likely commit suicide in. It is ...

First Democratic Debate Tonight Answers the Question - Is Hillary a Human?

Erich McElroy | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Erich McElroy

Even if she manages to check all her luggage Hillary Clinton has the additional burden of proving she is an Actual Human Being. Fairly or not she comes across as an overprotective, secretive, control freak. And in a constant media bubble perception matters. In polls people do see her as experienced, intelligent and super hot (I think she is) but not truthful or relatable.

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

There's No Such Thing as Debate in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

How many MEPs, I wonder, have even failed to spot what is staring us in the face on a daily basis: that there is no such thing as debate in the European Parliament?

Detention Debate: It's Time for a Time Limit

Miriam Steiner | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Steiner

Yesterday, 10th September 2015, Parliament sat down to debate detention for asylum seekers and refugees. Impassioned pleas were made by over 25 MPs, ...

Religious Docs: Who Needs Them?

Lucy Wilson | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

If more people are going to see films like 'A Sinner in Mecca' then we need the world of religious documentaries to evolve. So is there a potential for religious documentaries to go online? Yes!

Not Your Stereotypical Ukip Member

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm writing this article on May 25th, one year to the day from the announcement of the election result, when I was elected as UKIP's first ever North East Member of the European Parliament. Given the criticism from many people about UKIP's work in the European Parliament, I thought I'd write about what I actually do.

This House Regrets Organised Religion

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.

This House Wouldn't Vote Because They're All Tossers Anyway

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Proposition Leyla Gumusdis The Oxford English Dictionary has four definitions for the term "Tosser": I. One who or that which tosses II. A term...

The House Believes in the Unconditional Right to Offend

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

So the free speech debate is really a balancing act. We need to consider our different values as they come into conflict, and then make a decision about which ones we think we should privilege. It many cases freedom will trump. In others, it should not.

This House Blames the West for Islamic Extremism

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

When we see terrible acts of violence on the news attached to 'Islamist' groups, we have to consider how it is that normal people can get sucked into groups whose raison d'être is violence. Therefore it is relevant to look at the growth of Islamic extremist groups when we talk about Islamic extremism, rather than looking at the origins of particular ideologies.

Stars Versus Supporting Cast: Reviewing the ITV Leaders' Debate

Alan Schroeder | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Schroeder

Like situation comedies, multi-candidate debates follow well-established contours. Each genre hinges upon a diverse cast of characters in which two or...

Cameron-Milliband TV Debate

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Trisha de Borchgrave

It was rubbish- a disservice to us the audience. And it's not about the format, it's about the presenters. Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley are everything that is iffy with modern Britain - a bully and an average.

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

EU and Britain: Together or Apart?

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nikolaos Dimou

In my view, the EU would be a better place, if the plethora of its policies were not defined as an outcome of the everlasting conflicts between a humanitarian but unrealistic France and a productive but austere Germany, but if they were rather set by a pragmatist Britain. This outcome might as well be the best choice possible for Europe's -and Britain's- future.

Comedy and Politics - An Unlikely Combination?

Alistair Jones | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Alistair Jones

Sometimes it appears as if political comedy has disappeared, at least with regard to 'high' politics. Interest in politics - especially that involving Westminster - has diminished significantly.

2014 - A Bad Year for Reasoned Debate

James Snell | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

Debate may have had a bad year in 2014, but if we collectively use technology a little bit better, who knows? Maybe we can resist the appeal of the swirling vortex. Maybe 2015 won't be such a bad year after all.

You Can't Disappear Those You Disagree With

Brian John Spencer | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

It's simple: "The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff." Said Salman Rushdie. Go figure. Let truth and falsehood grapple. How do we know what is right if we don't know wrong and the case that is made for wrong. Ideas may be distasteful and deeply disagreeable, but we cannot airbrush and disappear that and those people that we disagree with.