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The evening began in festive mood with wine and nibbles provided. This was the context for the Proposer’s good-humoured address on the joys of retreating into one’s private space to escape from an increasingly noisy and intrusive world.

This did little to prepare us for the onslaught that followed. In response the Opposer was at pains to highlight the torment of all those denied human contact due to incarceration, living alone or extreme ill-health. The fault lay in the motion which, in its absolutism, failed to recognise victims of solitude, so pronounced the Opposer.

By the sheer force of logic the motion was lost.