It seems like a lifetime since Friday night when there was the billed Corbyn v May debate. The debate which wasn’t a TV debate! Instead of the two main political leaders arguing and discussing different issues, we had Corbyn and May in a Q and A discussion with the audience. What has happened? Are we not able to debate anymore?
Here’s the definition of a debate:
argue about (a subject), especially in a formal manner.
“MPs debated the issue in the Commons”. Synonyms include: to discuss; confer about; talk over; talk through; exchange views on or about; thrash out; argue; argue about; agree the pros and cons of; dispute etc.
Surely since both MPs are used to debates: after all there is reference to MPs debating an issue in the definition; then why wasn’t there a proper debate/discussion/argument about specific issues?? Certainly I felt shortchanged and I am not the only one.
However, there is another issue I wish to discuss, that relates to debating and having opposed views on a particular issue.
There has been a trend for specific speakers who have strong views to be banned from University debating societies. I don’t mean EXTREME hatred or views; anti semitism; racism or violence towards women, but opposing views. This is what a debate is about: we all remember from school or university, the motions that were sometimes bizarre, amusing or ‘out there’. But the whole purpose of a debate is to discuss differing views and for the audience to make a decision about whether they agree with or oppose the motion.