Proposing the motion for the 8th of February were Emma C and Cliona M. Opposing the motion were Tyra M and Katie M. Emma opened the debate arguing the correlation between poverty and crime. She stated that people who are socially deprived have less opportunities than their more affluent counterparts. She said that those who were socially deprived had less to aspire to and so crime was a means to bettering oneself, in terms of getting money fast. Criminality was normalised and urged the audience to acknowledge the problem and do something about it. On the opposing team, Tyra spoke about the reasons why people turn to crime, noting that lots of wealthy people turn to crime- for more money, the thrill, power trip. She stated that this was a negative stereotype and said it was imperative that we judge the action and not the person. Just because you come from a 'rough area' doesn't mean you're doomed. Proposing the motion, Cliona talked about the importance of parental influence and the normalisation and acceptance of criminality in some areas. She spoke eloquently on the 'herd mentality' and how lack opportunities made young people turn to crime. Once you started on this path, she argued that it was very difficult to get off the path of crime. Opposing the motion, Katie M spoke about crime and what she called the 'big crimes' which she argued were perpetrated by all kinds of people with all different kinds of backgrounds. She spoke about tax evasion by the likes of Donal Trump and white collar crime. She talked about negative stereotypes and how some people doom themselves because of other people's attitudes of where they live. She talked about the importance of freedom and the freedom of choice and how ultimately people make their own choices. You can't blame it on geography!
Winners of today's debate were the proposition.
Best speaker for today: Tyra
Well done girls.