Motions for Oxford IV
Oxford IV 2017
THW provide means-tested welfare in the form of basic goods and services (including vouchers), rather than cash payments.
THBT twitter has done more harm than good.
TH Prefers Asian Values to Western liberalism.
THBT investors should cease purchasing bonds issued by the Venezuelan government.
THBT minority parents should shelter their children from the existence of racism for as long as possible.
THBT that the EU should suspend the voting rights of Poland.
THW ban the creation of all artificial conscious beings.
THW require all sold products to clearly display their price in Dead Children Currency.
THR the creation and adoption of cryptocurrencies.
THBT Mohammed bin Salman’s policies are in the interests of the ruling House of Saud.
Assuming it could be done peacefully, THW replace all existing governments with a single global democratic government.
Oxford IV 2016
When police are put on trial for alleged instances of a violent wrongdoing, THW decrease the burden of proof to the balance of probabilities.
THW allow negative voting.
THBT armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
THBT the state should promote the norm of the ‘single life’.
THBT NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation’s defence spending targets.
THBT it is always morally wrong to buy sex.
THW prosecute leaders that have lied to their nation over the justification for going to war.
THBT the state should facilitate the creation of a new identity (complete with relocation and new government documents) for any citizen that requests it.
In 2008, instead of bailing out systematically important financial institutions, THW have bailed out homeowners directly.
TH opposes the attempts to form a new Fatah-Hamas unity government.
THBT the Left should not celebrate the ideal of individuals climbing up the class ladder.
Oxford IV 2015
THW ban religious primary and secondary schools.
THBT US immigration policy should only prioritise merit-based standards of acceptance over the reunification of families.
THW end penalty enhancements for hate crimes.
THBT Western Liberal Democracies should boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
THW allow opponents of abortion to sign legally-binding contracts with pregnant women, in which they pay those pregnant women not to have an abortion.
THW accept ‘I was only following orders’ as a defence in war crimes trials.
THR the institutions of marriage and civil partnership.
THW create and enforce filial responsibility laws (mandating that people take care of their parents) – or words to that effect
THR the rise of mega-cities.
THBT after 50 years of ownership the state should have the right to repossess all works of painting or sculpture for the purpose of public display.
A new planet has been discovered identical to Earth. 1 of 2 systems can be implemented on this planet (or words to that effect). THW implement communism over capitalism.
Oxford IV 2014
Round 1: This house believes that in order for a law to be enacted, it should have to be passed by the legislature and then by a body chosen at random from eligible voters.
Round 2: This house believes that press agencies should not purchase or publish the work of freelance war reporters.
Round 3: This house believes the EU should suspend Hungary’s membership rights.
Round 4: This house, as the gay community, regrets the existence of Grindr
Round 5: This house would deny public funding to parties with explicitly ethnic-based membership or platforms
FINAL: THBT a world in which people were content and did not desire social mobility is preferable to one where people desired social mobility
Oxford IV 2013
Round 1: THW provide mobile teachers for the compulsory education of the children of travelling communities (e.g. Roma and Irish Traveller)
Round 2: THBT developed economies should collectively agree to impose radically redistributive tax codes
Round 3: THW ban the gender testing of athletes in sports
Round 4: THW require major polluters to open their borders to environmental refugees
Round 5: THBT national war memorials should commemorate the casualties on all sides of the conflict
Novice Final: THBT when courts sentence offenders, they should give considerable weigh to the views of the victims
ESL Semi: THBT political parties should adopt non-hierarchical organisational structures
ESL Final: THBT liberal democracies should cut all economic and military ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Open Quarter: THW, as a liberal democracy, restrict coverage of small-scale terrorist attacks
Open Semi: THBT identity-based social movements should not include in their movements allies who are not part of the identity group in question
Open Final: THBT the United States should dissolve its offensive military capabilities
Oxford IV 2012
R1: THBT Google, YouTube & Social Media websites should remove content which it deems to insult religions
R2: THBT South Africa’s ANC should nationalize all mines
R3: THBT ‘Western’ Governments should buy the freedom of slaves
R4: THBT the Greek military should suspend democratic government until economic recovery
R5: THBT companies should not take public stances on gay rights issues
EFL SF: THBT Governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles
EFL GF: THW give extra votes to youths over the age of 18
Open QF: THBT EMILY’s list should fund pro-choice male candidates
Open SF: THBT States should forcibly reverse the transmigration policies of their former dictators
Open GF: THB in the right to bear arms.
Oxford IV 2011
R1: This House Believes That Sex Education Classes in Schools Should Teach Techniques For Pure Sexual Gratification (including, but not limited to, anal sex, oral sex, mutual gratification and masturbation)
R2: This House Believes That in developing countries aid organisations should be banned from religious proselytizing.
R3: This House Believes That trade unions and labour protection laws should be suspended during times of economic crisis.
R4: This House Believes That Israel Should Materially Support Arab Pro-Democratic Movements.
R5: This House Believes That a tax should be placed on successful artists in order to fund new and developing artists (Note: Artists defined by the CA team to be the arts and entertainment industry).
Open QF: This house believes that International Law should allow states which accept refugees to sue the states they come from for compensation.
ESL SF: This House Believes That The LGBT Movement Should Not Support Pride Marches.
Open SF: This House Would Establish Brothels on Military Bases.
ESL GF: This House Believes That the CEOs of the largest corporations should be chosen by national democratic elections.
Open GF: This house would establish geographical zones where the selling and consuming of any and all drugs are legal.
Oxford IV 2010
R1: THBT Adoption Agencies that receive state funding should give priority to same sex couples and infertile couples.
R2: THW ban the use of armed combat drones.
R3: THW tax those who use expensive lawyers in order to fund state prosecutors and legal aid.
R4: THW require large online social networks to be controlled democratically by their users.
R5: THW hold the state liable for injuries or deaths due to being homeless.
QF: THBT the UN should offer large bounties for the capture of pirates and the destruction of pirate ships.
SF: THBT a free market economy does not make the workers free.
GF: THS the use of a draft by lottery when engaged in extended military interventions.
GF(ESL): THW allow poor countries to erect trade barriers against rich countries under the WTO.
Oxford IV 2009
R1: THW allow deaf couples to use medical technology to ensure they have deaf offsprings.
R2: THW welcome a European superstate.
R3: THW redirect all state art funding for reproduction of classic works of art into new works of art.
R4: THW give the UN Secretary General the power to unilaterally send peacekeepers into regions that are beyond the effective control of their governments.
R5: THW abolish patents and replace them with government funded awards in recognition of R&D.
R6: THBT universities should not license societies that define themselves by gender, race nationalhood or sexuality.
QF: THBT juidiciaries in nascent democracies should have the power to actively exercise judicial review on the basis of substantive judgments about social rights.
SF(ESL): THW actively teach schoolchildren that people ought to be faithful to their partners.
SF: THW fund religious organisations to convert people in areas of social deprivation.
GF(ESL): THW always offer governments ousted by military coups support in exchange for allowing us to arrange and oversee free and fair elections after their reinstatement.
GF: THBT terrorism is a legitimate mode of resistance for rebel groups with just causes.
Oxford IV 2008
R1: THW not prosecute battered wives who kill their husbands.
R2: THW negogiate with Al-Qaeda.
R3: THW nationalise all banks.
R4: THW make politicans serve in the armed forces, healthcare, education, or emergency services before taking office.
R5: THW allocate all university places by lottery.
QF: THW allow individuals to sell their right to sue.
SF: THW give African countries money to stop accepting aid from China.
GF: THW make voting power inversely proportional to wealth.
Oxford IV 2007
R1: THW criminalise gang membership.
R2: THW allow nations without states a seat at the UN.
R3: THW permit religious courts to rule on family law in the UK.
R4: THBT every citizen deserves a universal basic income beyond their basic needs; regardless of whether they have ever worked, are looking for work or will ever work.
R5: THW channel all development aid for Africa through the African Union.
QF: parenting licences.
SF: THBT the US should match its military aid to Israel with an equal amount of humanitarian aid to Fatah.
GF: THBT the state should pay a wage to house-wives and house-husbands.
Oxford IV 2006
R1: THW grant anonymity to sex offenders.
R2: THW allow the UN to hire mercenaries.
R3: THW support all forms of child labour.
R4: THW make Malta’s continued membership of the EU conditional to legalising divorce.
R5: THBT the US should sell a missile defence shield to Taiwan.
Oxford IV 2005
R1: THW lift the international ban on whaling.
R2: THW mandate the use of condoms in pornography.
R3: THW introduce a salary cap for European footballers.
R4: THBT Russia should compulsorily renationalise its oil and gas industries.
R5: THBT people who refuse to accept jobs which require them to remove religious dress should not receive unemployment benefit.
ESL SF: THW make English the single working language of the EU.
ESL GF: THBT the outing of public figures is a legitimate tactic of the gay rights movement.
QF: THBT fault should be a factor in the awarding of court ordered divorce settlements.
SF: THBT western nations should buy opium from Afghan farmers for morphine production.
GF: THBT doctors should inform parents before carrying out abortions on under 16s.
Oxford IV 2004
R1: THW protect from prosecution armed police in the line of fire.
R2: THBT the developing world should not be held at the same environmental standards as the developed world.
R3: THW abolish state pensions.
R4: TH supports the use of truth and reconciliation commissions instead of war crimes tribunals in Iraq.
R5: THBT the systematic harassment of individuals is a legitimate means of protest.
Novice GF: THW criminalise smoking when pregnant.
QF: THW give the Palestinian Authority a vote in the UN General Assembly.
SF: THW privatise the BBC.
GF: THW ban reporting of hostage taking in Iraq.
Oxford IV 2001
R1: THB in the right to euthanasia.
R2: TH prefers the moral foreign policy to the principle of neutrality.
R3: THW keep religious and secular education separate.
R4: THBT upholding the rights of refugees constitutes an unrealistic burden on the state.
R5: THW renationalise its public services.
SF: THW temper the right to privacy.
GF: TH supports the right of self-determination for indigenous peoples.