Dufferin Debate: This House Would Colonise the Moon

Lunar base illustration

The 22nd Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 1st of May in the Senate Room. It was our Dufferin Prize Debate for Best Speaker of the Society and took the style of British Parliamentary meaning the motion wasn’t known until 15 minutes before the debate.

Ben Murphy and Harry Adair were up for proposition.  Murphy argued that we should fulfil the dreams of past rulers to take over the moon. He said it would be easy as the moon doesn’t have any people and that even though the moon would wreck our immune system, fulfilling wishes was more important and the fact that we’d leave the EU is needed for our empire. Adair told the House that it was our legacy and destiny to continue and explore to learn more about our planet and neighbours. By setting up a home on the moon we would be ensuring that we will be able to continue our species if we destroy our planet.

Fionn Rodgers and Emily Walker opposed the motion. Fionn countered that the British Empire didn’t work out so well. Instead of going to the moon he proposed that we sort out the planet we live on. Emily Walker then closed the debate. She told the House that politics will dissect the moon and would make in a toy for politicians. Instead of allowing this to happen she asked the House to stay on Earth and die together as a proud nation.

The debate then went to the floor, we had a vote and the motion passed. Then the judges came back and announced Harry Adair as our Queen’s Orator for the 165th session.

This House Would Raise Gender Neutral Children

The 14th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 13th of February in the Senate Room. It was co-hosted by QUB LGBT+

Ellen Murray and Fionn Rodgers took the proposition. Murray argued that gender is such a big part of our lives that separates us into boxes from the day we are born. These boxes can later affect what people do with their lives with society not accepting gender imbalances. If children were raised as gender neutral then they would learn to not discriminate between each other. Rodgers argued that it shouldn’t be up to the parent to force a preconceived idea of gender onto a vulnerable child that is open to learning whatever it is told. By raising children as gender neutral you’d be giving them the right to do what they want.

Charlie Barnes and Brendan Kelters opposed the motion. Barnes argued that it is the gender binary that is the problem and that gender is not, and should not, be a social construct. Instead of raising children as gender neutral he suggested we get parents to realise that there is a spectrum when it comes to gender. Kelters closed the debate. He suggested that gender neutrality is in itself a distinct gender and that the gender binary is rudimentary psychology that shouldn’t be something where you are classified as one or the other. By raising children as gender neutral, it could lead to confusion about how they interpret themselves.

The debate then went to the floor. Both sides summarised and the motion went to a vote. The motion was defeated.    

This House Would Make a Sex Tape

sx tape

The 11th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th session of the Literific took place on the 12th of December in the Senate Room.

Dr Goss, Ben Murphy and Marie-Louise Synnott took the bite for proposition. Goss spoke of the dismal quality of current films of the adult persuasion and reasoned that the talented, ‘saucy specimens of desire’, also known as our members, could create something of a far higher calibre.  Mr Murphy told the House that it was their democratic right to make adult home videos. Ms Synnott explained how well equipped the society would be if it chose to go with the motion as she had many contacts that could help make a high quality product.

Mr Jonny Finlay, Ms Emily Walker and Captain Ciaran Gallagher (QUBSU President for 2014/2015) took on the opposition. Finlay questioned the artistic flair behind it and whether it would reflect the Literific. Emily Walker stated the three reasons you’d want to make a sex tape are 1) for fun 2) to remember the good old times and 3) to make money. C’p’n Gallagher said that there is never any guarantee of secrecy, that once it’s made you can’t guarantee that it won’t be leaked.

The motion went to a vote after the floor debate and was surprisingly defeated.

For more information read about this debate in the minutes: there are two sets of minutes because the original ones were deemed inappropriate for the Secretary of State to hear at the NI flags debate.