zondag 14 januari 2018

GA day: LIBE I

Another allegory (mountain climbing, this time) in the defence speech by Bibi, who speaks better than a real politician, calmly and in excellent English. Valerie thinks LIBE's resolution is too harsh on refugees, quoting "no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark". Tabo urged LIBE to be more specific in their resolution. Both attack speeches were constructive and offered alternative solutions.

Richard who has joined us from Leipzig shows himself to be well-informed with a point on Polish refugee issues. Rosemarie responds to the first round of open debate confidently, and I must say very kindly. So far we have had no cursing or shouting, but I'm sure we won't have to wait long.

The debate is starting to get stuck in a cycle of scrutinising details vs. telling people to focus on the bigger picture. This cycle is broken by a good point (and not for the first time) by Marijn, who has been consistently offering practical solutions. Also a shoutout to Severin for speaking so courteously. Everyone is being very polite. I haven't seen a single mobile phone.

Mila brings up the point I was dreading - accepting fewer refugees - and is hit with a direct response from the proposing committee. LIBE I can't stop the stream of criticism now coming their way: every decision they have made in their resolution is torn apart. Clara makes a valiant effort to respond to each issue.

Ezra and Imaan close the debate with a summation speech that responds clearly and efficiently to the points raised in the debate. The debate was a bit all over the place but the summation speech brings it back to the core issues.

The resolution passed!

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