• Short Summary

    BY 493 VOTES TO 466, THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY REJECTED LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) A MOTION THAT "THIS HOUSE WOULD NOT FIGHT FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY." THIS MAJORITY OF 27 REVERSED THE RESULT OF THE FAMOUS "KING AND COUNTRY" MOTION IN FEBRUARY, 1933, WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY 275 TO 153.

  • Description

    BY 493 VOTES TO 466, THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY REJECTED LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) A MOTION THAT "THIS HOUSE WOULD NOT FIGHT FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY." THIS MAJORITY OF 27 REVERSED THE RESULT OF THE FAMOUS "KING AND COUNTRY" MOTION IN FEBRUARY, 1933, WHICH WAS ADOPTED BY 275 TO 153. SO MUCH CONTROVERSY HAD BEEN GENERATED BEFORE THE DEBATE THAT A POLICE GUARD HAD BEEN PROVIDED FOR TARIQ ALI OF PAKISTAN, THE UNION PRESIDENT.

    UNDERGRADUATES HAD QUEUED FOR HOURS BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE DEBATE. BUT AFTER THE WIDESPREAD PUBLICITY GIVEN TO THE OCCASION, THE DEBATE ITSELF WAS A SOBER AFFAIR, WITH ONLY SHORT BURSTS OF APPLAUSE FOR THE SIX SPEAKERS WHO TOOK PART.

    OTHER SPEAKERS DURING THE DEBATE INCLUDED MR. NORMAN ST JOHN STEVAS, CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR CHELMSFORD, OPPOSING THE MOTION, AND SIR RICHARD ACLAND, A FORMER LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, SPEAKING IN SUPPORT.

    THE DEBATE BEGAN WITH UNION TREASURER BULKELEY PROPOSING THE MOTION:
    MR. MAUDLING WAS THE LAST SPEAKER: HE WAS INTRODUCED BY THE PRESIDENT.

    THEN THE VOTING TOOK PLACE. AFTER THE VOTES WERE COUNTED THE RESULT WAS ANNOUNCED.

    THE DEBATE ON THE SAME QUESTION IN 1933 BROUGHT A RESOUNDING VICTORY FOR THE PACIFISTS AND WAS CRITICISED AS ENCOURAGING THE NAZIS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18JREYZD58XMPVDMX17UXLZUP
    Media URN:
    VLVA18JREYZD58XMPVDMX17UXLZUP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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