Debating Matters

Alf Hamer, Peter Baillie, Seb Cawte and Molly Bruce represented Alton College at the Debating Matters Tournament held at Solent University recently. They were supported by Jack Jillings, Olivia Welch, Lottie Tellyn and Jasmine Bullion.

Alf and Peter kicked off the tournament arguing against the motion ‘Tourism benefits the world’. They presented eloquent and thought provoking positions however were defeated on statistics by the proposition, Bay House.

Molly and Seb were drawn against a more experienced team from St Swithuns. They tackled the highly charged motion "Technological progress will not solve society’s environmental issues"’ with very convincing academic arguments. Considering it was the first time Molly and Seb had taken part in a public debate in front of an audience and 6 judges, they did exceptionally well. They were, in the words of the chair, ‘narrowly beaten’ but given some very favourable feedback. One judge told Molly she could see her as a future campaigner, she displayed so much passion.

St Swithuns went on to win overall.

The supporting team were fully involved and asked some provocative questions. A special mention was given in the prize giving to Jack Jillings who was commended for his questioning and will receive a certificate for this.

The first national debate of the 2019 season was tough but the Alton College teams stepped up to the challenge. Our next debate is the Cambridge Union Competition on February 7th where we are lucky enough to have 4 teams from a mix of first and second years representing the College.