On the evening of Tuesday 23rd of February the
Inter-social Debating season opened with ‘A’ Social taking on ‘B’ Social. The
audience congregated in the New Pavilion and there was an excited buzz
With Tutors and The Chair, Doctor Cunningham, present ready
the debate commenced.
The motion was: ‘This house believes the UK should remain a
member of the European Union’, with ‘B’ Social opposing it. With the motion
being particularly topical at this moment in time, the contest was always going
to be fierce.
Johnny Hilditch (‘A’) kicked off proceedings, referring
heavily to the UK’s history, insisting that nations are generally better off
together. He included numerous bona fide facts that supported his strong
argument and you could see he had evidence to drive home his points.
On the other side Dan Kirchlechner (‘B’) fought back with an
argument based upon the EU laws, which he claimed, are not widely viable or
beneficial to each country.
The renowned Archie Clifton-Brown (‘A’, pictured) brought comedy and
patriotism to his speech. He juxtaposed his colleague Johnny Hilditch and
focused more on the future and how the EU has the potential to benefit the UK
more and more.
Nicholas Erasmus (‘B’) took to the debating floor and
brought a personal touch and attempted to rebuttal Archie Clifton-Brown’s
points of attack. Nicholas went a little over time, but it proved to be
poignant as he won Best Speaker of the night.
The debate was then opened up to the floor and the ‘A’
Social dominant audience asked numerous questions to the debaters, but
specifically ‘B’ Social who were targeted heavily.
It was then the turn of Tom Tyrwhitt Drake (‘B’) who
answered the questions from the audience and included some comedy about Archie,
Master of the Radley College Beagles and how he had lost this particular hound!
Finally, it was the turn of Will Maddock (‘A’) who rounded
off the evening with a flourish, as he put to bed the argument and ended what
was an exciting, heated night of debating.
Despite this, ‘B’ Social pulled off a shock win against last
year’s champions ‘A’ to the sadness of the largely ‘A’ Social crowd.
Many thanks must go to Doctor Cunningham for organising such
an enjoyable debate.
Report by James Gosling
and Alexander Dernie, A Social 6.1s