Today we already managed to see semifinals and ESL final. Semi final consisting of Oxford A, Oxford B, Monash B, Manchester A on the motion This House believes governments should subsidize private home ownership.
Debate got rather messy from the first prop (Oxford B) as they introduced a plan by which governments provide public housing or give equivalent of money to bums. Then it appeared that by public housing they think private housing that is build / provided by government. Second government (Manchester A) provided rather messy extension ideas as well. Thus obvious might be the decision that both opposition teams advance to the final (second opp, Oxford A, would have advanced even if the debate was clearer..).
Now more notes on the ESL final – it was a FAIL! For two reasons:
- It seems that non native speakers are considered to have cripled minds as motions for their rounds tend to be somewhat more general – This House would have quotas for domestic players in National football leagues. Come on – ESL speakers are also capable to speak about way more wicked and trickier motions..
- However, then the second points comes into play – ESL speakers are rather unable to provide some deep and creative analysis. The whole debate turned out to be lame – people had little knowledge about football and many points included fallacious assumptions or facts like people want to feel connected only to players who are familiar with the club’s history 🙂
After ESL final we came up with two ideas:
- World Universities Debating Championships shouldn’t have seperate ESL and EFL breaks. Or if they do then these competitions have to run completely seperately. Now it seems that people who have less of intellectual capacity are given a second chance because they are non natives. Today’s ESL final proved that it’s not the language that these people lack rather than debating tradition, appropriatte knowledge and ability to analyse.. Yes, it was shameful to watch the final and acknowledge that our teams couldn’t break 😦
- We will refuse to accept ESL status next time as we don’t want to be associated with these crippled minds. If we can’t break then we are just not good enough and ESL break can’t change anything about it. Take a look at Vilnius.. Even if they become World Champions (in EFL) will that make them proud? Can you be happy winning a title if you are aware that you were nowhere near the best teams?
OK – let us go change to see the real final with Oxford A, Oxford C, Harward A and Monash B!