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Under the hood of TIF Knowledge Society a group discussion is to be held this week.
Date : 18-10-2011, Tuesday
Time : 5pm Onward
Venue : TW4GF3, Delhi Technological University
Topic : Lokpal bill, ombudsmen oromnipotent
The members who will participate with to the point views and dedication shall be privileged to be a part of the British Parliamentary Debate to be held the following Thursday to Debate upon the same topic. Winning Scripts shall be posted on The Indian Fusion Publications
Date : 20-11-2011
Time : 5pm onward
>Venue : Senate Hall. Admin Block Second Floor, DTU
>Rules and regulations of the British Parliamentary Debate have been provided below.
BASIC RULES IN BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE
Every debate has a motion; this is the issue for discussion. A good motion has clear arguments in favour of it and against it. The house basically consists of four factions :
1. Opening proposition
2. Opening opposition
3. Closing proposition
4. Closing opposition
Each team would consist of 2 members . which means the house consists of 8 members as a whole.
Basic rules and advice about structure
• Speeches are five minutes in length.
• The first and last minutes are protected time – no points of information may be made during this time.
• Points of Information should be offered during the three minutes of unprotected time when members of the other side are speaking.
• Speeches should have a clear Internal Structure. It is often best to begin by attacking the arguments of previous speakers from the other side (especially the one just before you) and then to make you own points. Try to separate your arguments into two, three or four areas (e.g. a social argument, a political argument and an economic argument). Signpost your arguments clearly (e.g. “this is my first point”, “now to move onto my second points”, “lastly, looking at my third point” etc): this makes it much easier for the audience and the judges to follow your speech.
• Work as a team, ensuring that your arguments are consistent and complementary
The roles of the four teams
Opening Proposition Team
1. Define the motion .
2. Outline the case he and his partner will put forward and explain which speaker will deal with which arguments.
3. Develop his own arguments, which should be separated into two or three main points.
4. Finish by summarizing his main points
1. Re-cap the team line.
2. Rebut the response made by the first opposition speaker to his partner’s speech.
3. Rebut the first opposition speaker’s main arguments.
4. Develop his own arguments – separated into two or three main points.
5. Finish with a summary of the whole team case.
Opening Opposition Team
1. Respond to the definition if it is unfair or makes no link to the motion. You can re-define (offer an alternative interpretation of the motion), but this can be risky and should only be done when the definition is not debatable
2. Rebut the first proposition speech.
3. Outline the case which she and her partner will put forward and explain which speakers will deal with which arguments
1. Rebut the speech of the second proposition speaker.
2. Offer some more arguments to support your partner’s approach to the motion.
3. Summarise the case for your team, including your own and your partner’s arguments.
Closing Proposition Team
1. Extend the debate into a new area.
2. Introduce a couple of new arguments that make the case on his side more persuasive.
1. Go through one side’s case and then the other.
2. Go through the debate according to the main points of contention (this is the most persuasive and advanced way) explaining why on each of the main issues that have been debated have been won by your side.
Closing Opposition Team
This is very similar to the second prop role.
1. You must rebut the new analysis of the third proposition speaker.
2. You must also bring an extension to the debate – i.e. extend the debate into a new area or bring a couple of new arguments to the debate.
Like the closing proposition, the last opposition speaker must devote their whole
Points of Information
Points of Information are a very important part of BP.
- Points of information should be offered in unprotected time (i.e. in the time between the two time signals).
- They should be offered by members of the opposite side only.
- You offer a point of information by standing and saying “point of information”.
- Speakers may accept or decline the point of information in any way they like; the simplest is by saying “yes please”, or “no thank you”.
- You should aim to accept two points of information during a five minute speech.