Union Debate: “This House Would call Edward Snowden a hero”

The Oxford Union’s 6th debate was a passionate affair, with speeches focusing on whether whistleblowing constitutes treason or a call for justice, and whether Edward Snowden, the now-famous source of the files that revealed the National Security Agency global data-tapping programme, merits the title “hero.” Chris Hedges, a long-time journalist with the New York Times, […]

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Should song lyrics be considered poetry?

Alex Cowan: It’s hard to deny that ‘lyrics-as-poetry’ is an appealing concept. The very idea of ‘poetry’ comes with a whole raft of associations—artistic, literary, profound—that, (among other things) can go along way to justifying one’s own taste in listening. While I don’t want to argue that this kind of comparative literary judgement is an […]

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Students Wet Whistle On Willetts

During tonight’s scheduled debate on education, students were removed from the Oxford Union after hurling derogatory and incisive chants and insults towards Conservative Party Member David Willetts. During Willetts’ speech defending the proposition, on the motion “This house believes that education is a right, not a privilege,” a banner was unfurled from the balcony that […]

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Debate: This House believes it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a banker to enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Ayes: 81 Noes: 190 In a lively and humorous debate, the Union considered the question of morality in the banking system and of bankers themselves. Standing Committee member Cai Wilshaw opened the debate in favour of the motion, stating: “bankers themselves are to blame for the financial crisis”. In particular, he castigated their “grand disregard for other […]

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