This House Believes that World War One has been Unnecessarily Glorified

The legacy of the First World War has played a huge part in Britain’s national life and identity for almost one hundred years especially through Remembrance. Tonight we debate whether that legacy has been unnecessarily glorified.

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Professor Robert Tombs is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The English and their History, which is due to appear next month.

This House Would Swipe Right

The Cambridge Footlights take on the Oxford Revue in this legendary battle to settle the ultimate Tinder question, should you swipe right? The Footlights came out on top last time, will they continue their winning streak?

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PROPOSITION: The Cambridge Footlights
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Theo Wethered

Jordan Mitchell

Guy Emanuel

Sam Grabiner

This House Believes Putin is a Serious Threat to Global Stability

Vladimir Putin has now led Russia into wars in Chechnya, Georgia and most recently Ukraine since coming to power. Given the ongoing standoff between the Ukrainian Government and pro-Russian rebels on the borders of Europe, we ask whether the Russian President’s actions are a threat to global security.

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This House Believes that Western Feminism has Failed the Developing World

Historically feminism has been dominated by privileged women - we ask whether the movement has failed and is failing those most in need of aid.

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Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards, was previously CEO of Oxfam GB. Notably she worked to alleviate crises in the Middle East and Asia.

This House Would Swipe Right

The Cambridge Footlights take on the Oxford Revue in this legendary battle to settle the ultimate Tinder question, should you swipe right? The Footlights came out on top last time, will they continue their winning streak?

PROPOSITION: The Cambridge Footlights

Theo Wethered

Jordan Mitchell

Guy Emanuel

Sam Grabiner

OPPOSITION: The Oxford Revue

Jack Chisnall

Tom Dowling

Kieran Ahern

This House Believes that Scientists Should Run the Country

In spite of its reputation as a powerhouse of invention and academia, Britain is a country with only a single scientist in Parliament. In the final debate of term, we ask whether politicians are really the best people to run the country.

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Tim Squirrell is the outgoing President of the Cambridge Union Society, and is distinguished from this lineup only by his impressive lack of qualifications and experience.

This House Believes that Austerity Works

After four years of sustained spending cuts under the coalition government, many believe that austerity is failing to resolve the financial crash, and perhaps even exacerbating its effects. The economy may at last be picking up, but this highly contentious policy will no doubt dominate the 2015 general election.

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This House Supports the Right to be Forgotten

This debate was kindle sponsored by Mendeley.

Following a ruling in support of a right to be forgotten earlier this year, we explore the interactions between the rights to privacy and to freedom of expression.

PROPOSITION

Gavin Phillipson is a solicitor and Chair in Law at Durham University. His research focuses on European and UK human rights law, especially freedom of expression.

Emma Carr has a strong interest in cyber security and crime. She is Director of Big Brother Watch, focussing on the protection of civil liberties.