NAMDA Novice (October 31st)
R1: Infoslide: Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) is a form of unemployment benefit paid by the government of the United Kingdom to people who are unemployed and actively seeking work. Motion: THW require receipients (sic) of Jobseeker’s Allowance to work in return for welfare payments
R2: Infoslide: A “no-platform” policy is one which requires that a certain person or organisation is not given a public platform on which to speak or otherwise espouse their views. Motion: THBT universities should not implement "no-platform" policies for controversial speakers
R3: Infoslide: The legal system in England and Wales is a “Common Law” system. This means that judges are able to interpret laws, as well as creating new legal norms (as long as they don’t contradict laws passed by parliament). That is to say that the precedent passed by high level courts in previous rulings has a legally binding impact on future court cases (though can be re-interpreted by equal level judges). Motion: THW impose a maximum annual income on everyone in the legal profession (including barristers, solicitors and judges) in England and Wales
R4: THW allow soldiers to opt out of war or conflict for moral reasons
Semis: THW impose a minimum quota of ethnic minority academics (e.g. lecturers and professors) in university departments.
Finals: Infoslide: For the purposes of this debate, "cultural knowledge" refers to the knowledge of intellectual or social achievements (artistic, historical or linguistic) prized by a specific group or community. For example: the cultural knowledge prized by white, middle and upper class elites in the UK arguably includes (but is not limited to) an understanding of opera, Renaissance poetry, and fine art; a knowledge ancient languages such as Greek and Latin; and familiarity with lists of British monarchs. Motion: THBT the British education system should aim to give students from all backgrounds a high level of familiarity with the cultural knowledge prized by white, upper and middle class elites