'This house would make smoking illegal'
This was a bitterly argued debate by both teams involved. Arguments from the proposition were based on the idea that smoking is harmful to one's health, so why should the health service be expected to foot the bill for people who smoke. Emma C mentioned talked about passive smoking and why should our health be affected by someone else's actions. Cliona spoke about the fact that it is the government's job to make laws/rules that protect us, for example, the wearing of seatbelts, not speeding in our cars so it follows on, that we should make smoking illegal because it is harmful. Rian spoke about all the health dangers of smoking and that when we accept something we are normalising it, saying it's ok. From the opposition, Tyra spoke very well on being a democracy and freedom. She spoke about how the government shouldn't be allowed to dictate to people what they should and shouldn't do. Where will it end? she asked. Will the government be allowed to say that you can't get a tatoo, or that you can't eat a certain food because it has a high sugar content. She said that people should be allowed to make their own decisions. She spoke very well about what's happens if smoking does become illegal- are the guards going to arrest someone who is addicted to nicotine. 'Get real' she implored us, and said that the guards, many she felt confident in saying smoked cigarettes themselves. Tyra said we need to focus on real crime and punishing someone for doing something that they're addicted to is not the way forward. Her closing argument focused on the need to offer more support to people who want to give up smoking; the answer is not to put them in jail. Finally for the opposition, Katie argued that people should be allowed to make their own decisions with their body and health. If they want to smoke, so be it. It is not the government's or society's role to pass judgement. She said that when you make something illegal you create the problem of the black market and this in turn leads to more crime. She stated that when you tell young people not to do something, they do it because you are glamourising it and making them into a rebel. They want to appear 'cool'. Both teams made really good arguments but the winning team on the day was the proposition because their team members made effective use of rhetorical questions and imperative verbs. Their presentations were a lot more engaging. Well done Emma, Cliona and Rian.