Students from a local school came to the District Headquarters at York Gate in central London to experience a debate in much the same way as one would take place in the House of Commons in our Parliament.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Wembley, and with a ‘Division Bell’ and cries of ‘Clear the Lobbies’, the students had a great time as well as having some difficult decisions to make on the motions before the house. Towards the end, ‘Order Papers’ were being waved and there were calls of “Here! Here!” and “Shame!”
The first motion, loosely based on Early Day Motion 66 (02 June 2015) stated “This house would ban Supermarkets from throwing away food approaching its Best Before Date”. A difficult motion that was argued well, but failed to get a majority vote.
The second motion, loosely based on a combination of Early Day Motions stated “This house would ban lotteries paying out extraordinary large prizes over £10m and instead would pay more money to good causes”. A complex motion that got the support of the house.
All the entrants received a copy of the Andrew Marr book, “Who’s in Charge?” Given that 12-13 year old students are arguing these points, raising points of information and providing clever and witty rebuttals, Rotary in London faces a wonderful opportunity in the field of student debating.