Introduction to British Parliamentary debate - Warwick Debating by hcj


									Training, 17/10/2012
             Role Fulfilment

   Role Fulfilment
               Opening Government (OG)          Opening Opposition (OO)

                   1. Prime Minister             2. Leader of Opposition (LO)

                3. Deputy Prime Minister     4. Deputy Leader of Opposition (DLO)

                Closing Government (CG)          Closing Opposition (CO)

              5. Member of Government (MG)   6. Member of Opposition (MO)

                7. Government Whip (GW)         8. Opposition Whip (OW)
       Opening Government (OG)
1. Prime Minister
- Set up the debate i.e. definitions, mechanism, criteria.
- Problem, mechanism/solution, why it works.
- Two of the most important arguments and an
   additional argument.

3. Deputy Prime Minister
- Respond to Leader of Opposition’s arguments.
- Defend PM’s arguments against LO’s refutations.
- One key NEW argument.
- A further argument (stakeholder analysis).
       Opening Opposition (OO)
2. Leader of Opposition
- Respond directly to Prime Minister’s arguments.
- Set up team-line/principle.
- Three arguments.

4. Deputy Leader of Opposition
- Respond to Deputy Prime Minister’s arguments.
- Defend LO’s arguments against DPM’s refutations.
- Provide two or three new arguments.
       Closing Government (CG)
5. Member of Government (Extension Speaker)
- Refute OO (especially DLO’s arguments)
- Make two/three NEW arguments OR
- Provide FAR more detail on OG’s argument(s).

7. Government Whip (Summary Speaker)
- Respond directly to Member of Opposition’s
   arguments (the only one on Gov bench who can).
- Summarise debate, explaining why Government won
   BUT emphasising in particular the arguments you
   brought in CG.
- Structure: clash points
       Closing Opposition (CO)
6. Member of Opposition (Extension Speaker)
- Refute Member of Government’s extension (has
   to be done here and not in the summary).
- Two/three extension arguments.

8. Opposition Whip (Summary Speaker)
- Defend MO’s extension against GW’s rebuttal.
- Summarise debate, emphasising MO’s extension
   as being key to it being won by Opposition.

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