Motions

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Neil Harvey-Smith simply defines motions as “the topic for debate, worded “This House…”” (p.186) Essentially this house is the group that is proposing an action and that proposed action is the statement that follows.

In this page you will find hundreds of motions, many of them suggested by users, and some from tournaments that you may use as you wish. The intention of this list to give you ideas for possible debate motions so we have also included motions from the Debatabase. Where the proposer of the motion is known this also shows.

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This House believes the BBC should be free to blaspheme
This House believes the Beijing Consensus is dead
This House believes the best way to protect Scottish interests in the EU is to vote for independence.
Colin Helling
This House believes the Canadian Senate does not have a place in modern day Canadian government
This House believes the death of the newspaper is good for journalism
This House believes the Decade of Roma Inclusion has been successful
This House believes the EU should engage in further enlargement
Damjan Denkovski
This House believes the EU, USA and other western donors should not fund any Palestinian government in which terrorist organisations participate.
Annie Jackson
This House believes the Euro is a threat to peace.
This House believes the European Union should adopt a single working language through which to operate.
This House believes the European Union should be a trade bloc rather than a political union
Olivia Sundberg
This House believes the European Union should lift its ban on member states selling arms to China
Alastair Endersby
This House believes the expenditure of money should be protected as speech.
Ina Subulica
This house believes the extra judicial killing of Muammar Gaddafi was improper
This House believes the feminisation of African's labour force is empowering women
This house believes the feminisation of Africa’s labour force is empowering women
This House believes the feminst movement should appose sex change operations
This House believes the five nuclear powers are not living up to their commitments under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty
This House believes the government is corrupt
This House believes the government of Uganda has failed its citizens over LGBT rights
This House believes the House of Lords should be reformed
Grace Coleman
This House Believes the IAEA is not effective at preventing proliferation
Damjan Denkovski
This House believes the ICC is biased against Africa
This House believes the ICC is not an effective deterrent
This House believes the ICC should have its own enforcement arm
This House believes the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot should be considered political prisoners
Nick Bibby
This House believes the integration of Africa through the African Union can succeed
Ranjan K Agarwal
This House Believes the International Criminal Court is a force for good.
Diana Li
This House believes the internet brings more harm than good
Robert Wright
This house believes the internet encourages democracy
Audrey Dennis
This House believes the internet has been responsible for an increase in number of conspiracy theories
This House believes the Kenyatta and Ruto ICC trials should be delayed
This House believes the media has too much control over the populations' perceptions
This House believes the media needs violence to survive
This House believes the Mexico-US border fence is justified
This House believes the Millennium Development Goals have been a success
This House believes the Mo Ibrahim prize encourages good governance
This House believes the modern art market is a con
This house believes the Olympic dream is dead, and has been since Atlanta in 1996
This House believes the only form of legitimacy is through elections
This House believes the outcome of the Paris Climate Conference needs to be an international treaty with binding emission cuts
This House believes the population of humans is unsustainable
This House believes the possession of materlal things makes us happy
This house believes the practice of extraordinary rendition a useful and necessary policy in the fight against terrorism.
This House believes the prevalence of ‘African mercenaries’ is decreasing
This House believes the private lives of public figures should be open to press scrutiny.
Robert Wright
This House believes the republican party has lost its way
Nick Bibby
This House believes the Seychelles should buy territory and relocate due to climate change
This house believes the state should actively prosecute sexist and misogynist remarks
This House believes the state should provide broadband internet through nationalized companies
John Engle