Two more Finals for TBSHS Debaters

ESU Mace Region Final & ICYD

Two more Finals for TBSHS Debaters

Just two years after a TBSHS team finished as national runners-up in the English Speaking Union Mace, another trio of our debaters has won the Eastern Region final of this prestigious competition, once again placing TBSHS in the top dozen schools in England, who go on to compete at Finals’ Day later this term. In addition, the school will be represented by at least one team on Finals’ Day of the International Competition for Young Debaters

ESU Mace Regional Final

Speaking against a team from the Hertfordshire & Essex High School, who hosted the event, Year 13 students Tom Millar, Georgi Petkov and Toby Ford had to oppose the motion “This House would only imprison individuals who pose a direct and ongoing risk to society”. Espousing the utilitarian doctrine of the greatest good of the greatest number, Tom argued that the wellbeing of the majority of society mattered more than that of prisoners. He highlighted the practical flaws of the motion, pointing out that his opponents would be happy to see 25000 criminals convicted of theft let loose, increasing the fear of crime in society and making it more difficult for them to receive the rehabilitation, through education, that they need. He also made an effective case for the deterrent effect of imprisonment.