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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer of Debating at CLDS


Summer of Debating at CLDS

We have an exciting July ahead with a debate on the future of FIFA and our first ever debating competition with the proceeds of both events going to African charity iDebate Rwanda, with whom the Central London Debating Society will be working in December to train young Rwandans how to be effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

The alternative FIFA debate – Wednesday 09 July
 Tea House Theatre @ 7.30 pm

The signature event of the Central London Debating Society, this month’s public debate asks whether the continuing accusations of corruption in FIFA mean it is time for the government to take action and create an alternative.

If you would like to speak in this debate or just attend as an observer, simply come along on the night. Speaking will be a panel of volunteers made up from the society’s membership and everybody will be given a chance to contribute their own questions and comments too.

Eventbrite - The alternative FIFA Debate

The Summer Debating Competition – Sunday 27 July
New College of the Humanities @ 9 am – 9 pm

It’s competition time and we're taking over the New College of the Humanities for a day of debating. The theme of the competition will be international relations with debaters of all skill levels from total novices to seasoned pros competing for the crown.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to hold your own under pressure in a competitive debate and receive instant feedback from a team of experienced judges, then this is for you. Alternatively, if you’re fascinated by high diplomacy, rogue states, and international espionage, then you’re in for a great day

Find out more including details on how to take part here

Eventbrite - Summer Debating Competition

Joining CLDS

Membership of the Debating society
 is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Next debate: Should Tony Blair be charged for war crimes?

DATE: Wednesday 11 June
TIME: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
VENUE: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

Eventbrite - The London Debate: Should Tony Blair be prosecuted for war crimes?

This House would put Tony Blair on trial for war crimes

The decision by the Blair government to take the UK into the Iraq war in 2003 was one of the most controversial political decisions the last decade. The famous UN resolution 1441 was judged insufficient by many legal experts to justify the invasion of Iraq. However after seeking and failing to get a second UN resolution that would have authorised the use of military force the UK government decided to go to war with Iraq anyway.

Supporters of the war state that the war was justified by Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction and his past history of using them. Saddam possessed no WMDs, a fact which those against the war say that Blair knew or at least should have been more cautious in assuming, and thus going to war was a bad decision. Some go further, claiming that the war in Iraq could not be justified by any of the possible legal justifications for war, and thus those who prosecuted the war are criminals. But is this correct? Would putting Tony Blair on trail in the Hague be in the public interest? Is international law ready to prosecute a former leader of a G20 country?

You decide.
 
How to take part

Simply turn up on the night and offer your comments and questions from the audience. If you would like to sign up to be a panelist in the debate, drop us an email at info@clds.org.uk.

Further reading

Joining CLDS

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Next debate: rent control

DATE: Wednesday 14 May
TIME: 7.30 pm
VENUE: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

'THIS HOUSE WOULD INTRODUCE RENT CONTROL IN LONDON'

Renting in London costs twice as much as anywhere else in the UK, according to a study by Gumtree earlier this year with one bedroom flats costing an average of £1211 per month and two beds £1605 per month. This compared with an overall average of just £665 per month across the rest of the UK.

Is this simply the price we pay for living in one of the world's most attractive cities or is the cost of renting in London now simply too high? Rent controls are not a new idea and are already practiced in other countries, but would it work in London or would it make the situation even worse?

Is it time to introduce rent controls in London? You decide.

How to take part:
Simply turn up on the night and offer your comments and questions from the audience. If you would like to sign up to be a panelist in the debate, drop us an email at info@clds.org.uk.

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Europe Debate: have your say

DATE: Monday 12 May
TIME: 7 pm
VENUE: Old Bank of England, Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT

Eventbrite - The People's EU Debate


'This House Believes the three main political parties are right to insist that the UK should remain at the heart of Europe'

• Did you see Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage debate the EU?
• Would you like have your say?
• Join us for the People's EU Debate on May 12

The Central London Debating Society and the Sylvans Debating Society are teaming up to bring you the people's EU debate. More than 60 debaters turned up to our last event at Europe House on April 2nd to watch Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, hold the first public debate on the issue in 40 years.

Join us as we hold one final public debate just ten days before the European elections, except this time you'll be doing the speaking.The debate will feature a one to one face-off between the keynote speakers before the floor is opened to you to offer your views.


Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Great Shakespeare Debate - Wednesday 30 April

DATE: Wednesday 30 April
TIME: 7 pm - 9 pm
VENUE: Old Cock Tavern, London, EC4Y 1AA

Eventbrite - The Great Shakespeare Debate


The Great Shakespeare Debate

The Debate
Last week, the world celebrated the birth of William Shakespeare, whose legendary works have echoed through the ages long after his death, shaped the evolution of the arts, and are still taught today to children and students across the English speaking world. Yet, there are some who argue that he never even existed or that at least someone else was responsible for the literature that has made him one of the most famous figures in the history of man.

We ask: does the true identity of Shakespeare the man even matter?

On 30th April 2014 at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, a panel of experts will debate this very question and it's broader relevance to society at large. Come on down for what is sure to be a stimulating and enlightening evening!

The Panel
• William Leahy of Brunel University in London
• Ros Barber (author of "The Marlowe Papers" and "Shakespeare: The Evidence")
• Alan H.Nelson (author of "Monstrous Adversary")
• Alexander Waugh of the Shakspeare Authorship Coalition
• Alain English (Chair)

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Monday, 24 March 2014

The EU Debate: Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage

DATE: Wednesday 02 April
TIME: 6.30 pm - 9 pm
VENUE: Europe House, 32 Smith Square SW1P 3EU
ADMISSION: Free

Eventbrite - The EU debate: Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage

• Live debate on big screen TV

• Expert analysis from professional debate trainers

• Open discussion on Britain and the EU

• Free admission


Where do you stand on the EU question? In, Out, or Undecided?

Join us for the first ever live televised debate on the issue, in which UKIP leader, Nigel Farage will go head to head with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Nigel Farage and his party have been growing in popularity as they lead the charge for the UK's exit from the EU. Nick Clegg leads Britain's most openly pro-European party who are determined to keep Britain in.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold an 'In/Out' referendum on the subject in 2017 if his party, the Conservatives win the next general election.

After the debate, a team of experienced debate trainers from the Central London Debating Society will lead a post-debate analysis and give their assessment of how well Clegg and Farage made their case.

We will finish the evening with an open discussion on the topic and give you the opportunity to tell us where you stand.

The Central London Debating Society is a non-political voluntary network. We welcome a wide range of views from our members and our partners.

Joining CLDS:

Membership of the Debating society is free of charge as is admission to each of our debates. If you would like to join, simply email us at info@clds.org.uk

Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive notifications of all upcoming events and will be eligible to speak at a debate or even try your hand at chairing.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

Join our facebook group and sign up for all our latest events and news updates or follow us on twitter at Follow @centraldebating

Join us on Meetup:

You can now join the Central London Debating Society by signing up to our Meetup group. It's free to join and you can find out about other debating and speaking clubs in London too.

See you at the debate!

Friday, 21 March 2014

100 days: Remembering the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

DATE: Friday 04 April
TIME: 18.30-21.00
VENUE: Room G16, Birkbeck University, WC1E 7HX
ADMISSION: Free

Eventbrite - 100 days: 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

Documentary screening and panel discussion to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda

Last December, the Central London Debating Society had the privilege to visit Rwanda and work with a truly inspirational group of students and volunteers. Together, they are helping to transform Rwanda into a forward looking knowledge economy, as it emerges out of the shadow of the 1994 genocide.

This year, their nation commemorates the 20th anniversary of those fateful 100 days, in which a million Rwandans were killed. We are grateful to the Birkbeck History Society for hosting us on this humbling occasion for a screening of "Shake hands with the Devil", a documentary on the genocide and the failed attempts of Canadian General, Romeo Dallaire, to stop it.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the cultural attache of the Rwandan High Commission, who will share her memories of what took place and how Rwanda has changed in the last 20 years. We will also hear about the incredible work of youth charity Idebate Rwanda, one of the many organisations who are changing the face of the country.

You can find out more about the Central London Debating Society's project in Rwanda here.