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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 that film stars, music stars and other popular entertainers should not be participating in party-political campaigns
This House Believes That firearms should be banned worldwide
This House believes that former colonial powers should pay reparations to former colonies
This House believes that free speech in the UK should include social media
This House believes that freedom of expression is more important than religious sensitivities
This house believes that full-body scanners are worthwhile
This House believes that gender quotas in the EU are advantageous for the economies of member states
This House believes that God exists
This House believes that google should not limit access to 'the innocence of Muslim's'
This House believes that Google shouldn’t censor its search results in China
This House believes that government does more for liberty than the market does
This House believes that governments should pay compensation for terrorist atrocities committed by their citizens
This House believes that Greece should default on its debt and return to the Drachma.
This House believes that Greek far-right political party “Golden Dawn” should be expelled from parliament and banned from participating in future elections.
This House believes that hate crime 'enhancements' are unjust
This House believes that history has no place in the classroom
This House believes that Holocaust denial should be a criminal offence
This house believes that hosting the Olympics is a good investment
This house believes that housewives should be paid for their work
This house believes that illegal downloading is not criminal
This House believes that important decisions about children’s health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents
This house believes that in the event of a Syrian border attack on Turkey, NATO should come to the aid of Turkey
This House believes that indiscriminate NSA surveillance of the rest of the world hurts the United States
This house believes that internet access is a human right
This House believes that Israel should lift the blockade of Gaza
This House believes that Israel should recognise the Palestinian right of return
This House believes that Israel's 2008-2009 military operations against Gaza were justified
This House Believes That Israel’s West Bank Settlements are an Obstacle to Peace
This House believes that it is sometimes right for the government to restrict freedom of speech
This House believes that Jerusalem should be divided
This House believes that male infant circumcision is tantamount to child abuse
This House believes that marriage is an outdated institution
This House believes that Mathematics should not be a compulsory subject in schools.
This house believes that Mathematics should not be taught in school
This House believes that music that glorifies violence against women should be banned.
This House believes that nationalism can be a force for good
This house believes that natural resources should belong to the world and not to any individual country
This house believes that Nepal should join the Commonwealth.
This House believes that news organisations should be free to exclude news of homosexuality where it causes offence to their viewers
This house believes that newspapers are a thing of the past
This House believes that Nigeria as the giant of West Africa should send peace keeping troops to Mali.
This House believes that northern Ireland would be better off if united with the Republic of Ireland
This house believes that nuclear energy must be stopped.
This House believes that open primaries are the most effective method of selecting candidates for elections
This house believes that opinion polls harm the democratic process.
This House believes that parents should be held responsible for their school-going children's discipline problems.
This house believes that people should be forced to donate their organs and blood once they have died
This House believes that people should have a right to private education
This House believes that political parties are currently failing to engage with young people
This House believes that popular culture is complementary to folklore