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Community / Debate on legalising drug use to kick off Althing winter programme

A photo an Althing debate from last January. Photo: Sarah Cooper

“ALL DRUG use should be legalised” – that is the challenging motion put forward by the Althing debating society to kick off its winter programme of examining topical and controversial issues by listening to, and engaging with, opposing views.

The audience will be treated to well-reasoned arguments for and against the motion before being able to ask questions ahead of a vote on who presented the more convincing case.

Speaking for the motion on 13 January will be Alex Armitage and Amanda Pearson, while Kevin Learmonth and Johan Adamson will be presenting their arguments why all drug use should not be legalised.

The Althing society said that due to the lack of committee members it is only able to offer a shorter series of debates this winter season.

However, they have pencilled in three further dates, one each month.

On 17 February the Althing will be debating the pro and cons of that famous Kris Kristofferson lyric that says “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”.

Ryan Taylor and John Smith will be speaking for the motion while Moraig Lyall and Donald Anderson will present opposing views.

On 16 March Caroline Henderson and Joe Smith will be speaking for the motion that ‘the school year is too short’, with Chris Horrix and Barbara Dinnage opposing.

A month later on 13 April, the Althing will host what it calls a “soapbox” when four different speakers will appear on four different subjects.

All debates will take place in the Lerwick Town Hall starting at 7.30pm. Entry on each occasion is £2, with tea and biscuits provided.

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