9 March 2017
Will and Matt ESU Mace Regional Champions
On Thursday 2 March Will Cashmore and Matthew Thorne became the South West Regional Champions in the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace, the UK’s biggest debating competition.
Having first entered the
competition in October, and the boys have now got through three rounds. In the
most recent debate King’s were proposing the motion ‘This house would allow
doctors to lie to their patients in order to create or enhance a placebo
effect.’ By analysing the advantages of placebo clearly, and discussing the
limitations of the risks of the lie, Will and Matt won the debate, against
Bristol Grammar School.
However, to go through, King’s
also had to beat the four other teams in the round: Kingswood
School, (Bath), Bishop Wordsworth’s School (Salisbury), South Wilts Grammar
School (Salisbury) and Exeter College.
The next stage will be the
national final at Dartmouth House in London, where King’s will be up against
the winners from the other UK regions.