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Katie James
Upper Sixth
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East Town v Moberly’s Debate

East Town v Moberly’s Debate

In the sixth round of this year’s inter-House debating competition East Town’s James Heaven, Chris Weale and James Kenny proposed the motion ‘regional government is a waste of money’, against opposing Moberly’s boys, George Kinsey, James Hanson and Alex Mullan. These were two very intellectual teams in front of us, and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to come up against either of them. As the debate unravelled it did become quite politically complicated and it was evident that both teams knew a tremendous amount of detail on the subject and had clearly done their homework.

East Town’s first speaker James Heaven spoke at a good pace and had everybody’s attention as he clearly defined the motion and highlighted East Town’s main arguments that very few people turn out to local elections suggesting their lack of importance, and that with the UK economy on the verge of entering a double dip recession, local governments are an unnecessary cost. There seemed to be an enormous number of points of information being fired from Moberly’s, however though aggressive they made valid points which were handled well by James Heaven. George Kinsey then spoke as Moberly’s first speaker with a clear and well structured speech. He warned us of the power of centralisation, emphasising that the central government in Westminster should not be trusted to make decisions regarding small hospitals and local primary schools for example.

Chris Weale was next to speak for East Town with his captivating style and perfect use of grammar and vocabulary. He handled points of information from Moberly’s very well and guided the audience into East Town’s frame of mind. The website committee’s very own political reporter James Hanson then stepped up to speak for Moberly’s, speaking with a suitable level of humour and excellent confidence. James highlighted the waste of the national government, shrugging points of information from his opposition and giving a very well informed and polished delivery.

Questions from the floor were of great intellectual basis, though were clearly planted by the teams! Alex Mullen concluded Moberly’s arguments by using the school as an appropriate example as to why we need regional governments (the SMT acting as the central government and the House system representing the local governments). His replies to audience questions were persuasive and confident, ad-libbing throughout and giving a very sound summation of Moberly’s opposition. James Kenny was the third and final East Town speaker. Kenny spoke with clear diction and used the time well (unlike many other speakers in this debate), thinking on his feet and finishing strongly for East Town.

As Lauren Gilmour, the chair person for this debate took a secondary vote (which was denied) and the number of abstainers interestingly fell in comparison to the initial vote, suggesting that both Houses had clearly persuaded the audience one way or the other, giving us all something to think about. Mr Hasthorpe received an enormous round of applause as he began to announce the verdict. He concluded that for their confidence, responses to points of information and overall clarity, the debate should go to Moberly’s; although it must be said that it had been a very tight decision as both teams performed brilliantly, in a debate with a very stretching motion.

28 March 2011

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