The US is leaving the Paris Climate Agreement: but does it really matter?
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The US is leaving the Paris Climate Agreement: but does it really matter?

Will Cronk - February 8, 2018

Yes Jonny Garwood On the 7th August 2017, America made clear its intentions to withdraw from the climate agreement enforced by Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. Having…

Should Black History Month be Abolished?
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Should Black History Month be Abolished?

Will Cronk - October 16, 2017

Yes William Cronk   African, Caribbean, and Asian history should form a large part of the history taught in schools in this country. This, sadly, is not…

The Big Debate: Torture by the state can never be justified
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The Big Debate: Torture by the state can never be justified

Will Cronk - October 3, 2017

For The definition of torture is ‘the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do…

Big Debate: Do too many students go to university?
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Big Debate: Do too many students go to university?

Will Cronk - September 16, 2017

  Yes (Giles Goodwin): “It’s a good job that new humanities factory opened in Porthcawl” is my usual snarky response to someone informing me that they are…

The Big Debate: It is selfish to focus disproportionately on terror attacks in the West
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The Big Debate: It is selfish to focus disproportionately on terror attacks in the West

Devin Thomas - April 12, 2017

Agree Devin Thomas In a world of increased connectedness and supposed solidarity, the fact that terror attacks that occur closer to home are still so much more…

The Big Debate: Should media be sanitised to protect citizens?
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The Big Debate: Should media be sanitised to protect citizens?

Georgia Grace - April 5, 2017

Agree William Singh The classic problem with any motion containing words like "sanitised" is it's almost impossible to argue that we should censor, but instinctively most people…

The Big Debate: Positive discrimination in employment is unfair
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The Big Debate: Positive discrimination in employment is unfair

Devin Thomas - March 21, 2017

Agree Georgia Grace Undoubtedly we have a problem in this country with cisgender white men having greater employment opportunities than women and minorities. However, implementing positive discrimination…

The Big Debate: We should separate the personal live of actors and artists from their creative work
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The Big Debate: We should separate the personal live of actors and artists from their creative work

William Singh - March 15, 2017

In Favor William Singh When addressing this difficult subject, it is usually taken as the default position that a reprehensible human being ought not to win an…

The Big Debate: Should degrees with higher funding demand higher tuition fees?
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The Big Debate: Should degrees with higher funding demand higher tuition fees?

Georgia Grace - March 8, 2017

In Favor Libbie Bohlen As a humanities student, I am used to seeing my payments to the University redirected away from my own course. Science students, in…

The Big Debate: We need to privatise the NHS
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The Big Debate: We need to privatise the NHS

Fraser Coppin - March 1, 2017

In Favor Fraser Coppin When the words “privatization” and “NHS” are uttered in the same sentence, it’s not uncommon to see a look of horror and disgust…

The Big Debate: Drug culture is a detriment to student life
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The Big Debate: Drug culture is a detriment to student life

Devin Thomas - February 22, 2017

Agree Rodnick Brugnara Every student at our University has had a night out completely ruined by drugs. Maybe not a dramatic overdose or a meth-fuelled altercation, no,…

The Big Debate: Should we protest the results of democracy?
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The Big Debate: Should we protest the results of democracy?

Georgia Grace - February 15, 2017

Yes Georgia Grace The aftermath of the 2015 General Election may retrospectively be seen as the beginning of the current protest phenomena we find ourselves in now:…

The Big Debate: The LGBTQ+ movement is now more about image than change
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The Big Debate: The LGBTQ+ movement is now more about image than change

Devin Thomas - February 8, 2017

Agree Georgia Grace When I moved to Brighton last summer, one of the many things that excited me about my new home was the prospect of attending…

Big Debate: ‘Is globalism a failed project?’
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Big Debate: ‘Is globalism a failed project?’

William Singh - November 21, 2016

Proposition Will Cronk Globalism is a wonderful force which does an extraordinary amount of good for an extraordinarily small number of people. The reason I describe it…

The Big Debate: Should Bob Dylan have won the Nobel Prize?
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The Big Debate: Should Bob Dylan have won the Nobel Prize?

William Singh - October 24, 2016

Yes: Miles Fagge (Theatre Editor) I want to start this by stressing that I am not seeking to argue that Bob Dylan necessarily deserved to win this…

The Big Debate: student politics are frivolous
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The Big Debate: student politics are frivolous

Freya Marshall Payne - September 10, 2016

The Big Debate is a regular Badger feature which brings the spirit of competitive debating to the printed page. Two writers tackle a contentious topic, representing polarised…

Do history months promote recognition or exclusion?
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Do history months promote recognition or exclusion?

The Badger - February 19, 2016

This month is LGBTQ+ History month, and over twenty events are taking place at Sussex, making it the university’s biggest LGBTQ+ History Month to date. This annual…

The Big Debate: Should “Jihadi John” have been given a fair trial?
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The Big Debate: Should “Jihadi John” have been given a fair trial?

The Badger - November 24, 2015

Yes Is bombing the hell out of an executioner really the ‘right thing to do’? An executioner only acts on orders, and this (unconfirmed) killing won't stop…

The Big Debate: Should the House of Lords be abolished?
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The Big Debate: Should the House of Lords be abolished?

The Badger - November 12, 2015

Yes The House of Lords is the UK’s unelected second chamber. Before any legislation can become law in the UK it must be approved by the Lords,…

The Big Debate: Does viewing pornography corrupt our sexuality?
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The Big Debate: Does viewing pornography corrupt our sexuality?

The Badger - November 5, 2015

Yes For a start, I am not going to discuss this question by using the term ‘corrupt.’ This word carries all kinds of negative connotations and moral…