Report of the meeting on Thursday May 9 2013. By Doug Weale

Chaired by Doug Weale, on Thursday May 9th, the club hosted the annual Kent Area Debate; the motion, “This house believes equality for women has gone too far “, proved, as expected, a source of earnest, heated, passionate and entertaining rhetoric.

Two teams of four, speaking alternately in individual turn, promoted powerful and sincere opinion, captivating the audience, as indeed the subject does universally. At the conclusion of the team speeches, the motion was put to the Floor, prompting equally converse views, expressed in what became, at times, heated, but always honestly asserted, and in the true style of intelligent debate.

Interestingly, each team, and the audience, was equally divided in gender- and opinion! The final vote registered a marginal but decisive win against the motion. William Warren, Kent Area President Elect, as chief judge, gave a most pertinent summary, in  which he drew attention to the qualities of the art of speaking, promoted by the Association of Speakers Clubs, and vital to debating, making the event an important annual feature of the club`s programme. He awarded the team prize to Kathleen Smith, lead speaker in opposition: the most coveted prize went to Garry Costain, who had, in his summation of opposition, proved a major persuasive factor, by intelligent riposte to the overall proposition team led by Kathleen Smith.

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