The 13th Ordinary meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 6th of
February in the Senate Room.
Alex Horkan and Ryan Jones supported the motion! Horkan argued that no weapon can be said to be used ethically but that war is inevitable so drone warfare must be considered. While warfare should be a last resort, drones allow better and more informed decisions when it comes about. Ryan Jones continued saying he hearts drones. There were some memorable quotes *cough* ‘whether your beliefs are communism, fascism or feminism’ *cough*.He said that like all advances in warfare, drones are necessary as it’s not about how many men you have in war but about how advanced your weapons are.
Henry Adams and James McAlister took the floor in opposition! Adams compared the cause and effect of the situation. He argued that staying silent about the use of drones and having a lack of transparency would result in dangerous consequences due to an indifference to casualties. McAlister closed the debate. He told the House that it is just a way of allowing the government to make a kill list and carry out secret executions instead of giving trials and that it could escalate to a point where there is a disregard for human life.
We then went to the floor, a vote and the motion passed.
The 6th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th session of the Literific took place on the 7th of November in the Senate Room. We were joined by the University of Ulster for a war between universities!
Professor McClure ‘set the scene’ by explaining a bit about genetics. There was a little bit of UU hating.
Representing QUB on proposition were Patrick Mallon, Aisha Sobey, Nathan Cantley and James McAlister. Mallon urged the House to embrace natural differences as designer babies would doom our society. Sobey went on to explain that designer babies would only be an option for the rich, resulting in an elite ruling class. Nathan Cantley asked the House how far? He explained that since many genetic disorders are connected to the environment it would not be possible to fully get rid of genetic disorders. McAlister commented that these designer babies would either suffer from low self-esteem or would have a false sense of superiority, e.g. a generation of douchebags.
Representing University of Ulster on opposition were Greene, Catterson, Thomas and Smyth (first names have…disappeared, sorry!) Greene spoke of the advantages of legalising it for medical uses for carriers of a disease who may choose not to have children for fear of passing it on. Catterson talked of our right to freedom and that we could not force a decision on a parent. Thomas highlighted the need for genetic engineering for medical use as it would be a great tool to prevent future suffering. Smyth explained that genetic engineering could remove some of the strain on the NHS in the future and would also prevent pain and suffering.
We then got to hear from Professor McClure again who was really kind of mean to everyone, it was beautiful and sassy. The motion then went to a vote and passed 34 to 32.
The 2nd Ordinary meeting of the Literific took place on the 10th of October in the Senate Room.
The motion was THB NI is Failing Young People.
Mr Alex Kane, Dr Graham Brownlow and Mr Sam Donaldson took to the floor in proposition of the argument: Mr. Kane declared that the government has not given children the future their parents aspired to, Brownlow told the House that NI is in not grasping economical opportunities or preparing for a future where BRICS will be the man players in trade. Mr. Donaldson concluded that NI has always had serious problems and that it is our own fault. He claimed that the future is bleak and that it is what forces him to drink 😦
Maiden speakers Alexander McCabe and Kim Campbell joined Literific veteran Jonathan Finlay in opposition. Alexander claimed there were three main areas that had to be taken into consideration: education, employment and sectarianism. Ms Campbell used the Ulster Project and the Literific as examples of opportunities available to young people and Mr Finlay concluded by stating that NI is not uniquely failing young people but, instead, all governments are doing so.
The debate then went to the floor.
The motion passed.