Motions for Cambridge IV
Cambridge IV 2014
This House Would not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft
This House, as a superhero, would agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state
This House Supports the objectification of men in popular culture.
This House Would require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the State.
This House Believes THat Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values
This House Believes That Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches
Assuming the existence of a gay gene, This House Would disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
This House Would prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
This House Supports the New Atheism movement
This House Believes That unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay
Cambridge IV 2013
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.
This house believes that developed countries should set maximum rents for residential properties in large urban centres.
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).
This house would break up banks, like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and HSBC, that are deemed ’too big to fail’.
This house would ban religious charities from engaging inproselytisation
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.
THW prevent those who deny climate change from seeking political office.
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
THBT The State Should Pay A Living Wage To Stay At Home Parents.
THB All Donor Countries Should Freeze Aid to Rwanda..
THW Hold the Senior Executives of Major Banks and Rating Agencies criminally liable for their companies’ actions during the Global Financial Crisis
THBT Democratic Reform is More Important than Economic Growth for China
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
THBT All Companies Should Be At Least 75% Owned By Their Workforce, in Equal Shares
THBT that Japan Should Not Abandon Nuclear Power
THBT Egypt Should Provide a Military Security Guarantee Against The Invasion of Gaza
Cambridge IV 2010
THBT all jurisdictions should recognize pre-nuptial agreements as binding on the parties in case of divorce.
THBT western governments should fund Madrasahs abroad.
THW make casinos and bookmakers liable for the debt of problem gamblers.
THW disband the UN.
THBT governments should provide free drugs to addicts.
THW not allow corporations to donate to any political party or election campaign.
THW send private military contractors to police high crime areas.
THBT development countries should create special economic zones.
THW compel all news organizations to adhere to political balance regulations.
THB in the virtue of a disproportional military response.
Cambridge IV 2009
THW reduce welfare payments to parents whose children break the law.
THBT it should be illegal to incite others to boycott an election.
THW replay international sporting events if an extreme umpiring error affects the result.
THBT the USA should pay war reparations to Vietnam.
THW allow children over the age of 13 to obtain gender-reassignment surgery without parental consent.
THBT California should create high schools that teach primarily in Spanish.
THBT the State should refuse to assist in rebuilding areas prone to natural disasters.
THW allow the conception of children using the sperm of someone who has died.
THBT Western Nations should use military force to rescue journalists captured by the enemy.
Cambridge IV 2008(Theme: Famous Last Words)
TH should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis. (Humphrey Bogart)
THW strive on with mindfulness. (Siddhartha Gautama Buddha)
THW bugger Bognor. (King George V)
THW live as a philosopher, and die as a Christian. (Giacomo Casanova)
THBT / light light I mean / never there he will never / never anything / there / any more. (Malone from “Malone Dies” by Samuel Beckett)
TH is going outside. It may be some time. (Captain Lawrence Oates)
THBT the rest is silence. (Hamlet)
THBT the bastards got us but they won’t get everybody. (Alexander Litvinenko)
TH told you it was ill. (Spike Milligan”s epitaph)
THBT last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. (Karl Marx)
Cambridge IV 2006(Theme: Professional Wrestling Catchphrases)
THW be serious for a moment.
THBT everybody’s got a price.
TH doesn’t hate the player, it hates the game.
THBT you should win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
TH is here to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and it’s all out of gum.
THBT to be the man you’ve got to beat the man.
TH can smell what The Rock is cooking.
Cambridge IV 2005(Theme: Song titles by Bob Marley)
THW set all the prisoners free.
THBT talk is cheap.
THBT if you’ve got the groove all night it’s all right.
THW let the system make you kill your brotherman.
THBT in this great future you can’t forget your past.
THBT if there is no woman there is no cry.
THW shoot the sheriff.
Cambridge IV 2004(Theme: West Wing theme)
THB in a constituency of one.
THW fight the war at home.
THW rely on evidence of things unseen.
THW lend a hand to the crackpots and these women.
THW deal with the Indians in the lobby.
THBT if somebody’s going to emergency, somebody’s going to jail.
THW wear the black Vera Wang.
Cambridge IV 2003
THW blast the world free from history.
Cambridge IV 2001
GF: THBT the plaque for second place is in the ladies’ room.