We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.

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DEBATING SOCIETY
In September 2007, ESU Scotland launched the Atholl Crescent Debating Society – a debating society for adults.

This has become a leading forum for debate and discussion within Edinburgh, with excellent speakers debating current topics. Details of upcoming debates can be found on the News & Events page.

RECENT DEBATES

Atholl Crescent Debating Society Guest Speaker Debate
Thursday 29th October

This House Believes Promoting The Welfare Of Offenders Is In The Best Interests Of Victims.
This excellent debate was chaired by Alan Finlayson OBE.
Speakers:
Proposition
John Scott, Chairman, Howard League Scotland
Aamer Anwar, Solicitor
Opposition
Paul Mcbride QC
Gavin Brown MSP
Thank you to everyone, and especially to Gavin Brown, who stepped in at the last moment.

Atholl Crescent Debating Society Guest Speaker Debate
Thursday 24th September

This House Supports Scottish Independence
The Atholl Crescent Debating Society launched its Autumn Programme with a cracking debate on Scottish Independence. We were fortunate enough to have Professor John Curtice from Strathclyde University chairing the debate, and four excellent speakers:

Proposition
Christopher Harvie MSP
Calum Cashley, PPC and political blogger
Opposition
Bill Butler MSP
Yousuf Hamid, political blogger

The turnout was fantastic, so thank you to everyone for making the evening such a success.

Pictures from the July 2008 Debate – held at The Caves in partnership with the The Adam Smith Institute can be found here.

If you are interested in hearing about the Atholl Crescent Debating Society, or would like to start a debating society in your area please do get in touch with Aissa Watson.

Previous motions have been:

2009
  • October - This House Believes Promoting the Welfare of Offenders Is In The Best Interests Of Victims
  • September - This House Supports Scottish Independence
  • July - This House Would Trade Liberty For Security
  • June - This House Believes That Guy Fawkes Had The Right Idea
  • April - This House Believes All The Best Goals Come From The Left Wing
  • March – This House Has No Faith In Her Majesty’s Government (Held in Glasgow)
  • January - This House would use humiliation in the stocks as punishment for those guilty of crimes involving anti-social behaviour

2008
  • December - This House Would Put The Christ Back In Christmas
  • October - This House Would Vote For Barack Obama
  • August - This House Believes The UK Should Immediately Withdraw From The EU
  • July - This House Would Prefer To Be Led By An Invisible Hand – in partnership with The Adam Smith Institute
  • May - This House Would Ban Strip Clubs
  • March - This House Would Give The Republicans Four More Years
  • January - This House Believes The World Needs A Dictator In Pakistan

2007
  • December - This House Would Intervene In Zimbabwe
  • October - This House Has no faith in Her Majesty’s Government
  • September - This House Would Trade Liberty For Security


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