Oxford Schools Debating Competition
On Monday 2nd March, three pairs of debaters took part in the prestigious Oxford Schools Debating Competition, held at Warwick School.
- William Bradley and Tom Angell
- William Hunt and George Capell
- Charlie Mackintosh and Edmund Poel
It was a busy evening with over 60 students taking part from across the Midlands.
In this ‘British Parliamentary’ style competition, the debating motions are given to the teams 15 minutes before the debate. Each debate comprises four teams, made up of two pairs, and each participant gives five-minute speeches.
They debated two motions, firstly about whether or not sports clubs should be made liable for the behaviour of their fans and secondly, if it were possible, whether individuals should have to declare their identity online.
All the students did themselves proud, and have come away with lots of helpful feedback from the judges.
We are particularly proud that Charlie and Ted were one of nine teams to have broken through to the finals. These will be held in the auspicious surroundings of the Oxford Union and involve the finest debaters from across the country. Both Charlie and Ted have been involved in debating at King’s for several years, so they are certainly ending on a high. We wish them the best of luck on the 14th March!
English Speaking Union Regional Finals
On Wednesday 4th March, Will Hunt, Edmund Poel and Charlie Mackintosh competed and won the Regional Finals. They are ESU Schools’ Mace Regional Champions for 2019/20 – this is the first time a team from King’s has made it to the National Semi-Final and an amazing achievement. They are one of the top 12 teams in the country.
In the debate, they opposed the motion, ‘This house would introduce a Universal Basic income’ and made a compelling case that UBI is not only completely unaffordable but also undesirable. The judges were particularly impressed by their excellent research, logical arguments and confident role fulfilment.
On the 23rd March, they will compete at Dartmouth House, the ESU headquarters in London.