In a tense but highly civilised stand-off between Churchill's and Ingram's on Monday night, Churchill's emerged victorious in the final of this term's inter-house debating competition with a scholarly team consisting of the barrister-in-the-making Guy Cabral and Ben Remnant, both in the 4th form, and Fintan Simmons in the third form. Pitted against them were the irrepresssible Tommy Adeyefa, Stamos Fearnall and Jack Lock who put up a stylish fight resulting in a very stimulating and enjoyable debate.
The motion, the first ever which this writer did not initially understand, was 'The House believes that the music industry should boycott the American singer Chris Brown'. By the end of the debate, however, thanks to the clear exegesis provided by the Churchill's proposers, I felt something of an expert, even to the extent of venturing a question in the floor debate. I felt like the judge who notoriously asked 'What is Gazza?' in a 1990s case involving footballer Paul Gascoigne!
Particular thanks to Mike Tonks, who led the astute and discerning (!) team of judges, and to Laura Whittle for organinsing the whole competition, of such benefit in training pupils to think logically and on their feet.
The victorious team enjoying breakfast on the private side of Churchill's