Chair Akash Sharma
21st February 2013, This House Would Spend and Stimulate – MOTION CARRIED.
Professor Marcus Miller – Economics Professor at the University of Warwick specialising in Macroeconomics and Global Finance. Former Economist and Consultant at the Bank of England, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Central Bank
Abinhay Muthoo – Head of Warwick Economics Department, which is regarded as one of the best Economics departments in the UK and Europe.
Matthew Sinclair – CEO of the TaxPayer’s Alliance. Author of the influential book ‘How to Cut Public Spending (and still win an election)’ and ‘Let Them Eat Carbon: The Price of Failing Climate Change Policies, and How Governments and Big Business Profit From Them’.
Ryan Bourne – Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies (Think Tank founded by Margaret Thatcher). Graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first in Economics, before completing his MPhil there.
17th January 2013, This House Would Ban Animal Testing – MOTION DEFEATED.
Dr Judy MacArthur Clark
– Head of the Animals in Science Regulation Unit at the Home Office
– Former Chief Inspector at Animals Scientific Procedures Inspectorate
Dr. Adrian Stallwood – Scientific Consultant for Animal Aid (UK’s largest animal rights group). Co-authored a major scientific report on charity-funded animal research for cardiovascular, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Andrew Knight – European Veterinary Specialist in Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and author of ‘The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments’.
Professor Mike Barer – College Director of Research at University of Leicester. Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist
John Meredith – Education Manager at Understanding Animal Research.
21st November 2012, This House Would Make Abstinence Lessons Compulsory for School Girls – MOTION DEFEATED.
Matthew Brinkley – speaker from Challenge Team UK, an organisation which advocates abstinence in schools without direct religious reference.
Local UKIP Minister.
Chris Bryant MP – Labour MP for Rhondda. Current Shadow Minister for Borders and Immigration, and formerly served as Secretary of State for Equality and Minister for Women from 2007 – 2008.
Andrew Copson – CEO of the British Humanist Association and regular contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman.
11th October 2012, This House Would Rather a Nuclear Armed Iran than War – MOTION DEFEATED.
Peter Jenkins – British Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations in Vienna (2001-06). Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva (1996-2001)
Dr Christian Emery – LSE academic, specialising in Iranian politics and US-Iranian relations
Jonathon Sacerdoti – Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy.
Davis Lewin – Political director at the Henry Jackson Society.
By George Bainbridge, 2nd year Politics & History student.
What constitutes a feminist icon? This post seeks to lay out a few criteria, and to demonstrate how Thatcher fundamentally failed to meet them and thus cannot be considered a feminist icon. Continue reading
Sam Burdock, Warwick Alumnus, Philosophy and Literature 2007-10.
I want to argue for the possibility of an objective and secular moral system. It’s not my intention to state what that system might look like, but rather to show that it is possible to have an objective moral system that is not inspired or authored by a divine being. By objective I mean that when we say something is moral or immoral, we are making a claim whose truth value can be assessed. Continue reading
When talking about morality, the atheist has three options to revert to, all of which are equally problematic. They can believe that morality does not exist, morality does exist, but only as a subjective thing, or that morality is objective.
By Gabriel Turner, Philosophy finalist.
Like any good philosophical blog post, this one starts with a Nietzsche quote: ‘God is Dead… What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?’ Continue reading
By Holly Moorhouse, Warwick finalist.
The Page 3 debate has come to the forefront as of late, after heavy campaigning from MPs, feminists, charities and the many individuals who would just rather not have to see a woman in only her knickers whilst having their morning coffee. This has then equally caused a lot of backlash from those who love the Sun and its casual objectification of women, which has led to a kind of stalemate, where those in charge of the Sun are stubbornly not changing their position, despite being well aware that a large proportion of society have agreed that Page 3 is an outdated, unnecessary and potentially harmful institution. Continue reading
By Mohamed Shanaa, Engineering graduate from University of Warwick
In August, I hesitantly flew to Lebanon to participate in the AUB Summer volunteering camp organised by AUB’s Civil Engineering Society in collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. With various areas of interest spread out in the Southern region of Lebanon, projects included renovating the first Christian school in Tyre, fixing and setting up a public garden in Tebnin, a cultural heritage project in Meis el-Jabal, and the Sarafand project which I took part in, where we built an improved tent prototype for the Syrian refugees, whilst members of the Naked Wagon team engaged the children in various projects. This post serves merely to reflect on this initiative, and to take a closer look on the hardships the millions of Syrian refugees now face. Continue reading