Manchester wins the Oxford IV

Huge congratulations to Jacklin Kwan and Lucie Slamova for winning the final of the Oxford IV 2020! Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the competition was held online. The final motion read “This House regrets the narrative that there exists no objective truth” and the debate can be watched on YouTube where Jacklin and Lucie were the second proposition team (closing government). Also in the final were teams from LSE, TCD Hist, and McGill.

On top of winning the final, Jacklin and Lucie ranked 5th and 8th best speaker at the competition respectively.

Public debate: This House Would Privatise the NHS

The involvement of the private sector in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has been a sharply debated issue for many years. Critics have claimed their involvement drives down the standard of care given to patients and runs opposite to its core founding values. Proponents of privatisation call for more market competition to cut down costs while improving care, and to crack down on structural inefficiencies.

The MDU is situated in an area where many people such as students are dependant on mental health services e.g. counselling and under current circumstances, they have never been more essential. So we were proud to fundraise for the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust Fund!

We’d like to thank everyone who watched the debate, as well as the speakers themselves. More information can be found on the event page.

Imperial Online IV 2020

Congrats to Yusuf and Mehdi for breaking as a team at the Imperial Online IV 2020! Jacklin also broke as a judge, and chaired both a semifinal and the Grand Final!

MDUxSoBSS Charity Debate

The Manchester Debating Union and School of Biological Sciences Society held a public debate for charity! The motion for debate was “This House would grant those with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing.”

The MDU was represented by Yusuf Steel and Jacklin Kwan in side opposition and raised money for the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, the United Kingdom’s leading dementia research charity.

Lancaster IV 2020

Congratulations to Jacklin Kwan and Tom Kuson for winning the final, and to Yusuf Steel and Vicki Reif-Breitwieser from Sheffield Debating for breaking to the final of the Lancaster IV 2020! Jacklin was the best speaker of the competition, with Yusuf second, and Tom tied for third. Thanks to the Lancaster Debating Union for hosting the competition!

MDU hosts Manchester Schools 2020

The Manchester Debating Union hosted the Annual Manchester Schools National Debating Competition this February. We’d like to thank Alexander Fraser from Glasgow and Lucie Slamova from Warwick for being Chief Adjudicators, and to all the volunteers who judged, ran tabs, and swing spoke for the competition!

Manchester Schools 2020 saw over forty teams compete in four rounds of BP debate. Motions were challenging but rewarding, testing speakers’ ability in a range of topics, from sports to private military contracts.

In the Final we had teams from Coleg Menai in Opening Government, Craigmount High School in Opening Opposition, Grammar Schools at Leeds in Closing Government, and Newcastle High School for Girl in Closing Opposition.

The motions at the competition were as follows:

  • Round 1: THW require all professional football teams to be majority owned by their fans.
  • Round 2: Private Military Contractors (PMCs) are private companies which offer security or armed combat services in exchange for financial reward. They are normally not committed to any one state, private actor or ideology. THBT Western states should not use private military contractors in combat.
  • Round 3: THBT the media should not intrude on the private lives of politicians.
  • Round 4: TH, as the parent of a child prodigy, would push that child to maximize their potential.
  • Grand Final: In 2007, Ecuador has decriminalised gang membership and legalised some of its biggest gangs, including the biggest street gang in the world – the Latin Kings. Ecuadorian gangs were allowed to register as cultural organizations eligible for state funding and various social benefits. The criminal part of their activity remained illegal and no amnesty was granted for convicted gang members. THW legalise gangs in all Latin American countries.

We hope to see you again at the next Annual Manchester Schools National Debating Competition!