WW1 Debate

  • Event Start: 8th November 2018, 8:30pm
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This House Believes We Have Not Remembered Them

One hundred years on from the end of one of the bloodiest chapters in human history, the legacy of the Great War is still apparent, from the perennial poppies to the poetry of Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.  Yet how far has the promise of "lest we forget" been kept?  Have we romanticised remembrance beyond recognition, a mere shadow of what the fallen are truly owed?  Or, 100 years on, are the lessons of 1918 remembered more potently than ever?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Prof Catriona Pennell  :  First World War historian focusing on the memory and legacy of the war in schools, and current conflicts
  • Dr Jenny Macleod  :  Co-founder of the International Society for First World War Studies who has worked for the Joint Services Command and Staff College

Speakers in Oppositions:

  • Simon Jenkins  :  Former Editor of the Evening Standard and The Times who has argued for the end of Remembrance Days
  • Surgeon Commander Andrew Murrison MP  :  Doctor, naval officer and politician who has served as Conservative MP since 2001;  former Minister for International Security Strategy
  • Major Gen Nicholas Caplin CB  :  Retired British Army Officer and Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK since 2014

Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided at this week's Consultative Committee