167th Council Elected!

After a great AGM on the 24th of March, the council for the 167th session has been elected! Thanks for everyone that voted, we are set for a great year ahead šŸ™‚

President: Marie-Louise Synnott
Secretary: Robbie Whitehurst
Treasurer: Craig Miller
External Convenor: Ben Murphy
Internal Convenor: Eoghan Mulholland
Outreach Officer: Lili Vetter
Open Representative: James McNaney
Second-Year Representative: Gemma Canham
First-Year Rep: TBC in October

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Thanks to Jake McTighe (2013), Queen’s Radio (2013-2015) and Calvin Black (2014-2016) for recording the events šŸ™‚

This House Believes That Scotland Should be an Independent Country

165th Session XXIVth Meeting 15th May 2014

The twenty fourth, and last, Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literary andĀ Scientific Society took place at 7pm on the 15th of May 2014 in The Canada Room. TheĀ meeting was attended by 60 members.

Miss Pouryahya chaired in place of Mr Kydd who chose to speak at this debate.
The honorable President, Mr Adam Kydd, was asked by James McaAlister for the final
time what he had enjoyed for breakfast that morning. Subsequent presidents questions
were asked by Andrew Carruthers, Jonathan Finlay, and Nic Brinza.

Miss Pouryahya then moved the house to address the motion THIS HOUSE BELIEVES
THAT SCOTLAND SHOULD BE AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.

Mr Eoin McGarrity opened for the proposition arguing the case for the re-establishment of
a Literific/ law society fraternity. No. He moved on to remind the house that 591 members
of Parliament are not Scottish and yet legislate for Scotland, criticizing the slyness of the
government suggesting that Westminster does not work in Scotlandā€™s interest. Mr
McGarrity concluded with the idea that Scottish people should be in charge of Scottish
destiny.

Mr Adam Kydd then opened for the opposition likening the possibility of Scotland leaving
the UK to leaving a comfy house for smelly student digs. He suggested that Scotland can
better serve Scotlandā€™s poor by remaining part of the UK and urged the house to
remember the lessons of the recession when the Bank of Scotland was bailed out by the
UK. Mr Kydd concluded that being better together meant the successful sharing of
resources.

Mr Connor Hogan continued the case for the proposition by arguing that the Union has not
shown its worth as can be seen by the extortionate price of a pint. He conceded that a
currency union may be positive and workable but that the UK political elite act against
Scotland.

Mr Adam Reilly continued the case for the opposition emphasizing the balance between
self-determination and democracy. He spoke about philosophical experiments concerning
italians, social democracy, tax and hunger. He concluded by describing the Union as the
Nation of Enlightenment.

Mr Benjamin Christman furthered the propositions caseā€¦ we think. Sarcasm oozed from
the intellectuals pores while he brought out a fetching set of teacups and a bottle of
buckfast. Needless to say never a more patriotic act had there been in the bosom of the
Canada room. Likening conservative MPs to chinese pandas, Mr Christman urged the
house to remember that we simply donā€™t know whatā€™s good for us, being the savages that
we are. Mr Christman concluded by leading the house in three toasts: the first To George
Osbourne, servitude and poverty. The second To David Cameron and patriarchy
#womenaredangerous. And the third, To Blair, racism and the British Empire.

Miss Katy Waller continued the case for the oppositionā€¦ in rhyme. It was amazing and the
minutes will never do it justice so here are the highlights. Dr Who was Scotlandā€™s fault,
Haggis.

Miss Naomh Gibson closed the case for the proposition claiming that heritage isā€¦ male
cow excrement, comparing the Scottish Independence to a parents divorce and
abandonment issues. Miss Gibson spoke of Alex Salmondā€™s sensuality and urged the
house not to engage in intercourse with UKIP. Ā She concluded with the argument, ā€˜Scotland
is Jack, let it go Rose.ā€™

Mr Alexander Horkan closed the case for the opposition arguing that Scottish
independence would act as its own tartan noose and asked the house to consider to price
of FREEDOM (Braveheart style). He spoke about the NHS and a Caldonian Eutopia
before telling us a story about a dancing Santa and a bemused shop keeper.

The motion was opened to the floor and questions were heard from Conor Hayes, Andrew
Carruthers, Connor Conneally, Marie-Louise Synnott, Patrick Mallon, James McAlister and
Paul Shannon.

The motion was defeated with 3 abstentions, 18 ayes and 19 neighs.
A motion of thanks was granted to the law-soc and we retired, for the final time, to the
House Bar.