Archive

This page lists the debates we have held from January 2019 onwards.

Autumn Session 2023

19 Oct.  That it is unrealistic to claim that Net Zero will be attained in the UK by 2050 

26 Oct.  That the dominant power in the East will be India, not China    

2 Nov.  That Artificial Intelligence presents an existential threat to the human race

9 Nov.  That Richard III has been unfairly maligned

16 Nov.  That Britain is better off outside the EU

23 Nov.  That Elizabeth Bennet is the best of Jane Austen's heroines

30 Nov.  That Nigel Lawson was our greatest post-war Chancellor of the Exchequer 

7 Dec.  That this House has no regrets (Christmas debate)

Spring Session 2023

26 Jan.  That strikes by public service workers should be further restricted by legislation 

2 Feb.  That air travel for tourism is no longer morally acceptable    

9 Feb.  That Economics is an overrated profession

16 Feb.  That monogamy is for the birds (Valentine's debate)

23 Feb.  That extra money alone will not fix the NHS

2 Mar.  That this House prefers Trollope to Dickens

9 Mar.  That, in the long run, the French Revolution was a success 

16 Mar.  That this House has no confidence in His Majesty's Government

Autumn Session 2022

20 Oct.  That cutting taxes is a priority 

27 Oct.  That Britain should be proud of its heritage and history    

3 Nov.  That the West is paying too high a price for its support of Ukraine

10 Nov.  That Britain's total lockdown was a mistake

17 Nov.  That women in Britain get a worse deal than men

24 Nov.  That golf courses are a bad use of land

1 Dec.  That the Establishment has failed our nation 

8 Dec.  That this House admires the civilisation of ancient Greece more than that of ancient Rome

Spring Session 2022

27 Jan.  That Margaret Thatcher's legacy is more to be admired than Tony Blair's 

3 Feb.  That social media is bad for society    

10 Feb.  That Maths is the most important subject for young people to learn

17 Feb.  That this House welcomes rewilding

24 Feb.  That the Irish can take much pride in their first 100 years of independence

3 Mar.  That the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely, according to conscience, should never be constrained 

10 Mar.  That this House regrets that Chaucer is rarely taught today 

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

Autumn Session 2021

14 Oct.  That Shamima Begum should be allowed back into the UK 

21 Oct.  That the Government's policy of 'levelling up' will succeed    

28 Oct.  That the the climate is more important than the economy

4 Nov.  That the great and the good are neither

11 Nov.  That the West has betrayed Afghanistan

18 Nov.  That mental health would be improved through the study of Stoic philosophy

25 Nov.  That the baby-boomer generation has stolen the inheritance of the young 

2 Dec.  That Christmas is humbug

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



Programme

Our Autumn Session begins in mid-October 2024. We are at present on our long summer break.

When the programme is decided you can view the eight topics and their dates under The Debates.

Hybrid debates are proving very successful. Members and visitors can choose to attend in person or by Zoom.