Was there ever a better time to restore the tradition of formal debate? Where one side presents an argument while the other listens carefully before responding. This is what the Brighton & Hove Debating Society has been doing for over 60 years. Our membership reflects the cosmopolitan mix of the Brighton and Hove area
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Before COVID we met at St John’s Day Centre in Palmeira Square, but for the moment you can join us on Zoom. Please click here for more details on how to participate .
We believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and should be accorded a fair hearing. Throughout the year we debate a wide range of topics from matters of public concern to lighter subjects. The Chair presides to ensure everyone abides by a few simple rules: to talk within the given time limit and to listen to other speakers without interrupting.
In this way we maintain a friendly atmosphere.
This was a debate of the highest quality between two contestants unable to disagree once ‘patriotism’ was replaced by ‘nationalism.’ The proposer (the excellent Celia Pillay) managed the poisoned chalice with consummate skill, tendering that patriotism was too...
How to compare the work of Rembrandt with Picasso or Banksy? Defining ‘Art’ is a matter of personal preference, so agreed the on-line audience. The proposer suggested that graffiti was a form of aggressive vandalism, defacing buildings and degrading the environment....
Far less heat was generated than in the last debate. With both speakers proclaiming their atheism, and most of the audience self-identifying as non believers, the result was never in doubt. The proposer Jean Yates, began by recognising the good works conducted...