Quick Poll: Should Debates Allow Swearing?

supreme court

I was interested to read that over in the states, the Supreme Court is currently toiling over the rights of people to say ‘Shit’ and ‘Fuck’ on television. And the hearing is just getting to the good part: the part where all the lawyers will have to use said swears over and over in the august chambers to make their points. It’s going to sound like Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen down there – only uttered by erudite barristers whose education costs are triple your net worth.

Giggles aside, it does raise an important point. Amongst adults, it could be argued that a well-placed profanity or two only brings a degree a flair to proceedings. If it helps your case, why not?

Let Battle Commence!

BOI 2007

Dear fellow debaters,

If you’ve enjoyed our first few meetings, there is an event coming a week Saturday and Sunday (1st to 2nd November) which might be for you.

The Battle of Ideas festival is a weekend dedicated to debating, with over 70 public debates bringing together hundreds of the UK’s top journalists and public figures to debate exciting motions. Just like our society debates, everyone is encouraged to put their hands up and express their point of view. It takes place in the (frankly glamorous) Royal College of Art in London, which is easily accessible by tube from Victoria. You can attend one day or both, depending on your whim.

Basically, if you love debating this weekend is the equivalent of Glastonbury or V-festival for music fans. Highlights are likely to be, ‘The Battle for Truth’, a debate exploring whether or not there is absolute truth (or are science and art equally valid?), ‘Immigration: the more the scarier?’, which will debate the need for immigration controls against the right to move freely across borders, ‘The credit crunch demystified’, and ‘What is China Thinking?’.

If this all sounds good, you need to act fast to secure a ticket. As a student you can attend the whole weekend for £25, but I am advised these tickets will soon run out. See the website for ticket options. If we can get enough of us together, you will also save on transport as we can get group-save train tickets from Brighton to Victoria. If you want any advice or have questions, you can call me on 07500807072.

Hopefully see you then,
Matt

www.battleofideas.org.uk