2016-06-06

Cambridge IV

Motions for Cambridge IV

Cambridge IV 2017

Round 1:
THW give companies tax breaks on all revenues paid as renumeration (salaries and bonus) to all female employees.
Round 2:
THR the substitution of digital entertainment (e.g. TV, movies, video games) for written materials (e.g. novels, Kindle, comic books) in the lives of children.
Round 3:
THBT former human rights activists under dictatorial regimes should not seek elected office (e.g. MP) after the transition to democracy.
Round 4:
TH prefers a world in which all religions believe in Universal Salvation.
Round 5:
THR the rise of Xi Jinping.
ESL Semi:
THBT criminal justice systems should never incorporate retribution as an aim in determining criminal punishments.
ESL Final:
THRs the use of the term “moderate Muslim” by Muslims to identify themselves.
Open Quarter:
THW force all companies worth over $1 billion to list publicly.
Open Semi:
In cases where a supreme court would currently rule on the compliance of a given law with a constitutional provision, THW hold a public referendum on whether to abandon that constitutional provision.
Open Final:
THBT it is always immoral to fight for one’s country.

Cambridge IV 2016

Round 1:
THW abolish all government schemes that provide grants, tax-breaks or loans at preferential terms to home buyers.
Round 2:
THBT indigenous groups in parliamentary democracies should form independent political parties instead of encouraging their members to vote for, and run on behalf of, existing parties.
Round 3:
THBT governments should make available a publicly searchable database containing the income, wealth and taxes paid by all citizens.
Round 4:
THW prohibit the use of predictive algorithms in criminal trials.
Round 5:
TH, as Israel, opposes the Iran nuclear deal.
ESL Semi:
THBT membership of the EAEU is in the interests of Central Asian states.
ESL Final:
THW allow individuals to sue the government when the government has failed to provide a basic standard of living.
Open Quarter:
THBT states should focus on negotiating bilateral trade agreements over large, regional agreements such as the TPP and RCEP.
Open Final:
TH prefers a world in which Islam is structured around a strong, central governing authority (e.g. The Pope in Catholicism).

Cambridge IV 2015

Round 1:
THBT medical staff should be able to opt out of providing treatments on religious or ethical grounds.
Round 2:
THR the eastward expansion of the European Union during and since 2004.
Round 3:
THW prefer a world without religious beliefs.
Round 4:
THBT Israel should have continued the occupation of Gaza
Round 5:
THBT educational institutions should never attempt to restrict the freedom of expression of students or staff (except when mandated by law).
ESL Semi:
THR the perception that soldiers are heroes.
ESL Final:
THBT Saudi Arabia should limit participation in the Hajj to the citizens of countries that are committed to taking direct action against IS.
Open Quarter:
THR the partition of India.
Open Semi:
TH opposes the Sharing Economy.
Open Final:
THBT the international community should pay countries near to conflict zones to process, settle and restrict the further movement of refugees.

Cambridge IV 2014

Round 1:
This House Would not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft
Round 2:
This House, as a superhero, would agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state
Round 3:
This House Supports the objectification of men in popular culture.
Round 4:
This House Would require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the State.
Round 5:
This House Believes THat Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values
ESL Semi:
This House Believes That Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches
ESL Final:
Assuming the existence of a gay gene, This House Would disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
Open Quarter:
This House Would prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
Open Semi:
This House Supports the New Atheism movement
Open Final:
This House Believes That unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay

Cambridge IV 2013

R1:
This house would give primates (e.g. monkeys) and cetaceans (e.g. dolphins) the same rights to life, freedom from physical harm, and freedom of movement as humans.
R2:
This house believes that developed countries should set maximum rents for residential properties in large urban centres.
R3:
This house believes that, despite the expressed wishes of the Pakistani government, the United States should continue to target the leaders of Tehrik-i-Talibani (Pakistani Taliban).
R4:
This house would break up banks, like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and HSBC, that are deemed ’too big to fail’.
R5:
This house would ban religious charities from engaging inproselytisation

Open Quarter’s-
THBT the Republican and Democratic Parties should select its candidates (for congress/senate/presidential post) through a vote by the party leaders rather than through primaries.
ESL Semi’s-
THW prevent those who deny climate change from seeking political office.
Open Semi’s-
Instead of creating a Jewish state in the British Mandate of Palestine, with the benefit of hindsight This House would have created a Jewish State in Germany.
ESL Grand Final-
It should be the policy of the US to conduct all of its military intreventions unilaterally.
Open Grand Final-
THBT it is in the west’s interest for Assad to decisively win the Syrian Civil War.

Cambridge IV 2012

Round 1:
THBT The State Should Pay A Living Wage To Stay At Home Parents.
Round 2:
THB All Donor Countries Should Freeze Aid to Rwanda..
Round 3:
THW Hold the Senior Executives of Major Banks and Rating Agencies criminally liable for their companies’ actions during the Global Financial Crisis
Round 4:
THBT Democratic Reform is More Important than Economic Growth for China
Round 5:
THW Never Allow Prosecutors to Offer Reduced Sentences or Lesser Charges in Exchange for Testifying Against Others.
Open Quarter Final:
TH Regrets the Rise of the 24 Hour News Media
Open Semis:
THBT All Companies Should Be At Least 75% Owned By Their Workforce, in Equal Shares
ESL Semis:
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ESL Final:
THBT that Japan Should Not Abandon Nuclear Power
Grand Final:
THBT Egypt Should Provide a Military Security Guarantee Against The Invasion of Gaza

Cambridge IV 2010
R1:
THBT all jurisdictions should recognize pre-nuptial agreements as binding on the parties in case of divorce.
R2:
THBT western governments should fund Madrasahs abroad.
R3:
THW make casinos and bookmakers liable for the debt of problem gamblers.
R4:
THW disband the UN.
R5:
THBT governments should provide free drugs to addicts.
SF(ESL):
THW not allow corporations to donate to any political party or election campaign.
GF(ESL):
THW send private military contractors to police high crime areas.
QF:
THBT development countries should create special economic zones.
SF:
THW compel all news organizations to adhere to political balance regulations.
GF:
THB in the virtue of a disproportional military response.

Cambridge IV 2009
R1:
THW reduce welfare payments to parents whose children break the law.
R2:
THBT it should be illegal to incite others to boycott an election.
R3:
THW replay international sporting events if an extreme umpiring error affects the result.
R4:
THBT the USA should pay war reparations to Vietnam.
R5:
THW allow children over the age of 13 to obtain gender-reassignment surgery without parental consent.
QF:
THBT California should create high schools that teach primarily in Spanish.
SF: ]
THBT the State should refuse to assist in rebuilding areas prone to natural disasters.
GF(ESL):
THW allow the conception of children using the sperm of someone who has died.
GF:
THBT Western Nations should use military force to rescue journalists captured by the enemy.

Cambridge IV 2008(Theme: Famous Last Words)
R1:
TH should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis. (Humphrey Bogart)
R2:
THW strive on with mindfulness. (Siddhartha Gautama Buddha)
R3:
THW bugger Bognor. (King George V)
R4:
THW live as a philosopher, and die as a Christian. (Giacomo Casanova)
R5:
THBT / light light I mean / never there he will never / never anything / there / any more. (Malone from “Malone Dies” by Samuel Beckett)
ESL SF:
TH is going outside. It may be some time. (Captain Lawrence Oates)
ESL GF:
THBT the rest is silence. (Hamlet)
QF:
THBT the bastards got us but they won’t get everybody. (Alexander Litvinenko)
SF:
TH told you it was ill. (Spike Milligan”s epitaph)
GF:
THBT last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. (Karl Marx)

Cambridge IV 2006(Theme: Professional Wrestling Catchphrases)
R1:
THW be serious for a moment.
R2:
THBT everybody’s got a price.
R3:
TH doesn’t hate the player, it hates the game.
R4:
THBT you should win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
R5:
TH is here to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and it’s all out of gum.
SF:
THBT to be the man you’ve got to beat the man.
GF:
TH can smell what The Rock is cooking.

Cambridge IV 2005(Theme: Song titles by Bob Marley)
R1:
THW set all the prisoners free.
R2:
THBT talk is cheap.
R3:
THBT if you’ve got the groove all night it’s all right.
R4:
THW let the system make you kill your brotherman.
R5:
THBT in this great future you can’t forget your past.
SF:
THBT if there is no woman there is no cry.
GF:
THW shoot the sheriff.
Cambridge IV 2004(Theme: West Wing theme)
R1:
THB in a constituency of one.
R2:
THW fight the war at home.
R3:
THW rely on evidence of things unseen.
R4:
THW lend a hand to the crackpots and these women.
R5:
THW deal with the Indians in the lobby.
SF:
THBT if somebody’s going to emergency, somebody’s going to jail.
GF:
THW wear the black Vera Wang.
Cambridge IV 2003
GF:
THW blast the world free from history.
Cambridge IV 2001
GF: THBT the plaque for second place is in the ladies’ room.