Liberal democracies are often thought of as the best form of governance, but is it the suitable to everyone? And is this really correct, or just a Western notion that their way of governing is the best way, and thus cultural arrogance? We will examine all these points in this topical debate.
For years women have fought for their rights. Once women gained rights in society, including the right to vote in 1928 via the representation of the People Act 1928, they were no longer willing to be treated as second class citizens in the home or in the work place. In the 1960’s it was public opi
National Service keeps young adults out of trouble and teaches them discipline and respect for authority. In these times of great uncertainty we also need a standing army ready to be called in case of emergency. National Service should be reintroduced.
Utilitarianism as an ethical philosophy can simply be defined as a system in which 'the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the most happiness of all those affected by it.' (http://plus.aol.com/aol/reference/utilitar/utilitarianism?fl
Sir Mota Singh, Britain’s first Asian judge has defended the right for Sikhs to wear the Kirpan to school and in other public places. The Kirpan is an article of faith that Sikhs must have with them at all times. While the daggers are exempt from laws banning the carrying of knives in public place
According to the UK's Royal Society, by 2050 the world's population is estimated to reach around nine billion. Population increase has been a topic of debate and concern over the last fifty years, but feels perhaps even more of an urgent and pertinent issue to address in the context of current conce
English has in the 20th century become the global language. It is the language of trade, diplomacy and the internet. However the increase in international languages, in particular English but also Spanish and Mandarin marginalise smaller languages even within their own homelands. In Indonesia Bahasa
The scope of Peter Mandelson in government has been steadily advancing as his department swallows others. He is now publishing advice for parents on how to persuade their children to move out and stop being dependents. In some cases persuading children to move out may be a good idea but in the middl
Football is the most global sport; you can find people playing it from the favelas of Brazil to the new megacities of Asia. However it is very much a tribal game, you support your team and sometimes your country against all comers. This can result in outbreaks of violence and hooliganism when two se
It is well documented that healthy eating is extremely beneficial in keeping people healthy, preventing diseases like cancer, increasing life expectancy etc. As this is the case should healthy eating be made mandatory? It is much more likely that there would be legislation on school dinners than for
The age old argument that health trumps wealth or is wealth is given new life with this debate motion. Healthy,happy and beautifully fit people have a higher emotional quotient than irritable sick people, who may work doubly hard and produce superior work but lose out on points because of their/our
In any large city people are concerned about beggars. They certainly look disadvantaged and on cold nights our hearts go out to anyone sleeping rough. But are they really so hard up? Are they playing on our sympathy? Does all the money we give them go on drugs? Should we be giving our change to