Archive

This page lists the debates we have held from January 2018 onwards.

Spring Session 2021

21 Jan.  That Scottish independence is inevitable 

28 Jan.  That more harm than good has been done in the name of religion    

4 Feb.  That the government's target for cutting CO2 emissions is achievable

11 Feb.  That this House is proud to be 'woke'

18 Feb.  That Milton is at least the equal of Shakespeare

25 Feb.  That our engineers, above all others, made Britain great

4 Mar.  That this House would move to the country 

11 Mar.  That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government

Autumn Session 2020

15 Oct.  That Sir Keir Starmer will never make Labour victorious at a general election 

22 Oct.  That this House would rather be governed by the under-thirties than by the over-seventies    

29 Oct.  That Trump losing the election will be worse for the world than him winning it

5 Nov.  That we are no better at managing "boom and bust" than in 1720 

12 Nov.  That Beethoven towers above all other composers 

19 Nov.  That too much emphasis is placed on examinations

26 Nov.  That pre-COVID normality will not return 
3 Dec.  That pantomimes are dreadful. (Oh yes they are!)

Spring Session 2020

23 Jan.  That the voting age should be lowered to 16 

30 Jan.  That Queen Elizabeth II should be our last monarch    

6 Feb.  That eating red meat is no longer acceptable

13 Feb.  That the charity sector needs substantial reform

20 Feb.  That Oliver Cromwell is more to be deplored than admired

27 Feb.  That the water industry should be nationalised

5 Mar.  That good taste is overrated 

12 Mar.  That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government

Autumn Session 2019

17 Oct.  That the UK needs a written constitution 
24 Oct.  That recreational drugs should be decriminalised    
31 Oct.  That this House is willing to reduce its living standards to protect the environment
7 Nov.  That our politicians ain't wot they used to be
14 Nov.  That Iran is the nation posing the greatest threat to Western security
21 Nov.  That the Government is wrong to introduce relationship teaching in primary schools
28 Nov.  That the Internet is no longer a force for good  (Sir Tim Berners-Lee)
5 Dec.  That this House prefers the Seven Deadly Sins to the Four Cardinal Virtues

Spring Session 2019

24 Jan.  That China is to be feared
31 Jan.  That mental illness is over-diagnosed    
7 Feb.  That British museums and galleries should return appropriated artefacts to their countries of origin
14 Feb.  That population growth is the greatest threat to the future of mankind 
21 Feb.  That the BBC has abandoned its founding principles
28 Feb.  That the best children's books have been written in the last fifty years 
7 Mar.  That the Victorian Age did more harm than good 
14 Mar.  That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government

Autumn Session 2018

11 Oct.  That we should have another referendum on Brexit 
18 Oct.  That clerics should stay out of politics    

25 Oct.  That Jeremy Corbyn has the makings of a good Prime Minister  

1 Nov.  That History is the queen of the Humanities 

8 Nov.  That President Trump's policies are effective

15 Nov.  That life was better in 1968 than it is in 2018 

22 Nov.  That Artificial Intelligence will do more harm than good
29 Nov.  That alcohol is more a blessing than a curse

Spring Session 2018

25 Jan.  That science fiction tells us more about the human condition 
than other forms of fiction (to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein)

1 Feb.  That Amazon is a great blessing    

8 Feb.  That the State Visit invitation to President Trump should be withdrawn  

15 Feb.  That our marriage laws need wholesale revision (Valentine's Day debate)

22 Feb.  That this House regrets Brexit

1 Mar.  That the UK should spend more on defence 

8 Mar.  That we are entering a new age of intolerance

15 Mar.  That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government



Programme

Our new season opens on 14 October.

We shall adopt hybrid debates. Members and visitors can choose to attend in person or by Zoom.

You can view the eight topics for the autumn session under The Debates.