2020 Debates

*image from Titanium Tutors

This weekend I attended my first ever debating competition. I am a member of the School’s Debating Society, and debate each week in school, but I have never been to an actual competition. Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus, we couldn’t actually attend the event, instead it took place online, but all the same it was quite an experience. After a 12 hour day, me and my partner had achieved a 3rd and two 2nds, with our final debate being a bit of a shambles… I was pleased with my novice performance, and definitely feel more confident after debating in an official competition. I thought this week it would be interesting to show you a few of the motions (all credit to Warwick Schools) and start my own blog debate… Feel free to let me know your opinions in the comments!

*note, THW= This House Would

THW punish sports teams for the violent or disruptive behaviour of fans:

I was on opposition in this debate, although I think personally I actually believe this should be implemented. Although it may seem unfair to punish a whole group of people for the actions of one, I think it would discourage disruption from fans if they knew it was going to affect their team, something which is at the heart and centre of many fans’ lives. That being said, I doubt it would completely deter violence as, if the police cannot exert authority, how would the FA, for example… Perhaps it would be best to punish those clubs with repeated offences, as that starts to suggest a tolerance for violence and disruption, something which I’m sure many sports teams would not want to have associated with them. I might do a poll to see if punishment to a sports team would deter people from committing acts of violence or disruption…

THW implement term limits for all elected politicians:

This time I was government, and despite the opening government pair misunderstanding what term limits were, it still remained an interesting debate. I definitely believe in term limits as, although most politicians don’t survive multiple elections, it’s still a risky policy to abandon them. Especially with the mistrust of politics nowadays, I think it’s scary to think a ruthless dictator may be able to remain in power for years and years. On more basic terms, it’s sometimes simply a need for change, as the world is ever changing, along with ideas. I think term limits of two or three terms in office or on a political post is fair, as this gives enough opportunity for those who are successful to implement positive policies and changes, but still allows for future change, and limits the risk of a complete political disaster…

THW enforce gender balance quotas on the boards of directors of large companies

This is a difficult one for me. On the one hand, I think it’s a great idea to actually regulate the proportion of female workers to male, as this would force the industry to change, and place more women in powerful positions, raising female influence. On the other hand, I worry women may be discredited for the jobs the gain due to quotas, and we have to consider whether it’s fair to limit male opportunity in order to raise female opportunity, as feminism is all about being equal. I definitely think there needs to be more regulation of female presence in the workforce, but we need to be careful how we achieve this and ensure no damage is done to the cause of feminism in the process.

I could debate with myself for an eternity, and I love trying to figure out arguments for different sides, it’s so exciting! There are so many different perspectives in the world, and it is so interesting hearing different people voice their opinions. I hope to continue to develop my debating skills, as I believe it is a key skill to acquire, and one I can use in both professional and leisurely life.

2 thoughts on “2020 Debates

  1. What fascinating topics and your post certainly conveyed that there isn’t always a right and wrong answer. Many things in life are nuanced and it’s not always a binary choice. It was a very thought-provoking piece of writing, thank you (as you can see from my long post below!).

    I’m very heavily invested in the inclusion and diversity debate at my work, helping to lead our strategic drive to improve our inclusion and diversity. We do need more women, more people of colour, more representatives from the LGBTQA+ community, people with a disability, people who are not neurologically typical, people from different socio-economic backgrounds, people who think differently and see things differently. In NZ, Australia and to a lesser extent Canada we have real drivers around indigenous people’s participation which is a fascinating thing from this side of the world.

    Given this, and the knowledge that we are so dominated by/dominant on “middle class, middle aged white men”, we cannot alienate them. Instead we need to take them with us hence our use of the term inclusion, not just diversity. Some will come quickly, some will be resistant – you mentioned “limiting” male opportunities, but perhaps spin that on its head, they’re not being limited, just not given that head start they’ve previously had. Some will come because of business cases that show diverse businesses do better, some will be swayed because they have a daughter who is gay, some will come because it is the right thing to do. Many won’t and will feel they need to pay lip service to this political correctness.

    A personal story: I encountered no direct sexism in my work in my 20s, I just couldn’t see what the fuss was about and then I hit my 30s. Oh boy! It is still out there and it hits as you climb the corporate ladder…..

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and for such a thought provoking response! It is brilliant that you are taking such a stand in improving inclusion and diversity, it is something that hopefully we can encourage more people to focus on! Secondly, I agree that it is absolutely crucial to include those who previously were seen as the ‘oppressors’ in helping diminish oppression! Without these figures as ‘allies’, it is so much harder to move towards a more inclusive and accepting workplace. It is such a shame that we still experience these small discriminations in workplaces, but if we continue to raise awareness and emphasise the importance of change, hopefully our future generations will experience a very different working environment.


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