U5 hone debating skills against Winchester College

Members of the U5 engaged in a dynamic and spirited debate against Winchester College earlier this term which focused on the crisis in Syria. Chaired by Emily Chapman and Becky Dunn, St Swithun’s proposed the motion This house believes intervention in Syria to be a human obligation.

Abbie Metcalf, Jess Parker and Alice Yip defined the motion as a global moral duty, asserting that military intervention was the only means by which further atrocities can be prevented.

They faced some stiff opposition from Winchester College as they objected to the need for military intervention based on Al-Assad’s agreement to disarm by mid-2014 and by questioning the need for moral obligation.

St Swithun’s supporters assumed the role of judging panel and, after much agonising, they pronounced Winchester College the winners. Beaten but unbowed, St Swithun’s have every intention of reducing the College’s lead in the return fixture after half term.

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