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 in the woman's right to choose
This House believes increasing literacy promotes peace
This House believes India is an idea, not just a country
This House believes individuals who have committed atrocities in the Syrian Civil War should be investigated by the ICC.
This House Believes Instant Replay Should Be Used in Major League Baseball
This House believes international subcontracting to developing countries is a feasible long term replacement for aid
This House believes Ireland should leave the European Union
This House believes Islamic State/Daesh is the most significant threat to the west
This House believes Israel should return to its pre-1967 borders
Jordan Anderson
This House believes it is better to be single than married
This House believes it is better to give than receive
This House believes it is better to go for youthful dynamism over experience for political office
This house believes it is legitimate for states to deny residence or asylum to immigrants who openly contradict their predominant values
This House believes it is more rewarding to read the book than watch the movie
This House believes it is necessary to promote both official languages in Lesotho (Sotho and English)
This House believes it is too late to prevent the devastation of the oceans
This house believes it should be a socially acceptable norm for women to propose to men for marrige.
This House believes Jammu and Kashmir should be independent
This House believes Japan should restart its nuclear power stations
This House believes Julian Assange is a journalist
Nick Bibby
This House believes Kenya has failed in fighting terror
This House believes Kings and Queens have outlived their usefulness in ghana
This House believes leaders should be realist
This House believes legal empowerment is provided for women through land titling.
This House believes Lesotho should be annexed by South Africa
This House believes liberal democracies should cut all the economic and military ties with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
This House believes life begins at birth
This House believes life is nasty, brutish, and short
This House believes limited press and speech freedom will hinder progress in Rwanda
This House believes literacy promotes peace
This House believes literacy promotes peace
This House believes long term cooperation between Russia and the United States is possible.
This House believes Lord Coe must stand down as IAAF President
This house believes Macs are better than PCs
This House believes major league baseball should continue to allow collisions at home plate.
This House believes Mandela should have done more to end inequality in South Africa
This House believes marriage is obsolete
This House believes men are the key to family planning in Uganda
This House believes men should do half the cooking
This House believes military action to intervene during atrocities without United Nations Security Council approval can be legal.
This House believes mixed gender residences are preferable over single sex residences at universities
This House believes modern technology will make the use of force more likely
This House believes money is everything
This House believes mothers should stay at home and look after their children.
Amy Robinson
This House believes motivation is more important for success than intelligence
This house believes NAFTA has benefitted all parties involved.
Angela Gunn
This House believes nation building has to be done internally not by outside intervention
This House believes nations of the world should increase protection of the economic and social rights of migrants.
This House believes NATO countries and the government of Afghanistan should negotiate a power-sharing deal with the Taliban.
This House believes NATO has succeeded in Afghanistan