Calling all serious female debaters: “Should there be quotas for women in Parliament and on Company Boards?”

Have Your Say ConceptIt’s contentious, it’s divisive and everyone has an opinion. Should there be quotas for women in Parliament and on company boards? Some will argue the point forcefully, others persuasively.

The Committee for Logic (committeeforlogic.org) is a think tank based in Zürich and London. It is sponsoring a series of open prize debates in the House of Commons. The first one,  on the subject of quotas for women, takes place on Monday February 2nd.

To stir up discussion, the Committee has appointed three judges not renowned for their liberal thinking: former cabinet minister Lord Tebbit, philosopher Roger Scruton and former head of Currys PC World Lord Kalms.

Throw your hat, topee or fascinator into the ring. Stand up and argue for what you passionately believe in. Or, if you’re feeling mischievous, harangue for the other side. Logic will win the day.

The winner of the debate will collect a £10,000 prize. She or he will have to be pretty persuasive to sway these judges. There may be consolation cash prizes for impressive runners-up.

All this will happen within an hour. The debate will run from 18:30 to 19:30. Someone will walk out £10,000 richer for an hour’s fast thinking and faster talking. The position they take is immaterial — the quality of their logic will be paramount.

Throw your hat, topee or fascinator into the ring. Stand up and argue for what you passionately believe in. Or, if you’re feeling mischievous, harangue for the other side. Logic will win the day.

If you want to take part in the debate (it’s free), send a brief CV with your debating experience to [email protected] by Wednesday 28th January. If you want to watch the debate (it’s £5), register on www.CommitteeForLogic.org.

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