The Neave Society

The Neave Society is Merton's own politics and current affairs society. They meet fortnightly on Monday evenings for informal debates and discussion of contemporary political issues. They also often host speakers from a range of political backgrounds. All their meetings are accompanied by drinks and nibbles, and all members of Merton College are welcome to attend.

2018/19

The 2018-19 academic year has been wonderful for the Neave Society. Michaelmas term saw a large increase in first-year attendance at the society’s events, with a packed JCR on alternate Tuesdays discussing contentious issues in a respectful and informal environment.

We are particularly proud of the fact that we were able to keep up this high level of attendance throughout the term, through exams and other events. To us, this is an indication that the society is providing fellow Mertonians with a platform to express their opinions in a safe environment and that they clearly view it as an opportunity to listen to their peers rather than drowning out opposing views and opinions.

One of the primary initiatives the committee took this year was to use the Neave Society events as a platform for members to discuss broad contentious issues that were relevant to the JCR specifically. For example, at a time when informal conversations were raging around College about a possible ‘Meat Ban’ motion being introduced in a JCR meeting, we took the opportunity to discuss the future of meat eating and the benefits of vegetarianism so that the members could engage with the underlying issues and hear contrasting opinions in ways that they would not have been able to otherwise.

We are looking forward to another wonderful term next year and sincerely hope that the incoming Merton students participate in Neave Society events with the same fervour as we have had the pleasure of experiencing from our current members this past year.

Siddhant Iyer (2018)
Neave Society President 2018-19

Events
2019/20

Michaelmas term 2019

Date Debate
Tuesday 10 October - 0th week This House believes that art should not be separated from the artist
2018/19

Trinity term 2019

Date Debate
Tuesday 7 May - 2nd week This House believes that colonial states should pay reparations to former colonies

Hilary term 2019

Date Debate
Tuesday 5 March - 8th week This House believes that art should not be separated from the artist
Tuesday 19 February - 6th week This House believes the UK is in dire need of a centrist political party
Tuesday 5 February - 4th week This House believes humanitarian intervention is now necessary in Venezuela
Tuesday 22 January - 2nd week This House believes that vegetarianism is the way forward

Michaelmas term 2018

Date Debate
Tuesday 13 November - 6th week This House regrets the number of UN condemnations of Israel
Tuesday 30 October - 4th week This House supports compulsory vaccines for children
Tuesday 16 October - 2nd week This House has no confidence in the Government
2017/18

Trinity term 2018

Date Debate
Tuesday 1 May - 2nd week This House believes that we should legalise genetic selection of human embryos
Tuesday 22 May - 5th week This House would repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution
Tuesday 29 May - 6th week This House believes referendums are good

Hilary term 2018

Date Debate
Tuesday 6 March - 8th week This House believes cats are better than dogs
Tuesday 20 February - 6th week This House would abolish tuition fees
Tuesday 6 February - 4th week This House believes extremists should be 'No Platformed'
Tuesday 23 January - 2nd week This House believes capitalism is more dangerous than communism

Michaelmas term 2017

Date Debate
Tuesday 17 October - 1st week This House would take down statues of immoral historical figures
Tuesday 31 October - 4th week This House would decriminalise marijuana
Tuesday 14 November - 6th week This House would abolish the monarchy
Tuesday 28 November - 8th week This House believes that Russia is a threat to Western democracy
2016/17

Trinity term 2017

Date Debate
Tuesday 2 May - 2nd week This House would allow a second Scottish independence referendum
Tuesday 23 May - 5th week This House believes hunting animals for sport is wrong
Tuesday 30 May - 6th week Election special

Hilary term 2017

Date Debate
Tuesday 24 January - 2nd week This House would take empty buildings and use them to shelter homeless people
Tuesday 7 February - 4th week This House would not allow Trump to make a state visit to the UK
Tuesday 21 February - 6th week This House believes that faith schools should be abolished
Tuesday 7 March - 8th week This House would reintroduce the death penalty

Michaelmas term 2016

Date Debate
Tuesday 18 October - 1st week This House believes that grammar schools are the best way to promote social mobility
Tuesday 1 November - 4th week This House believes Britain is no longer a compassionate country
Tuesday 15 November - 6th week This House believes Hillary Clinton is the reason Donald Trump won the US Presidential election
Tuesday 29 November - 8th week This House believes that 2016 marks the beginning of the end
2015/16

Trinity term 2016

Date Debate
Tuesday 26 April - 1st week This House believes the monarchy is out of place in 21st-century Britain
Tuesday 3 May - 2nd week This House believes that the Oxbridge elite is damaging to society as a whole
Tuesday 24 May - 5th week This House believes that the UK should vote to leave the EU

Hilary term 2016

Date Debate
Tuesday 26 January - 2nd week This House believes the creation of 'safe spaces' in universities discourages debate
Tuesday 9 February - 4th week This House believes that the Government has a responsibility to prevent homelessness
Tuesday 23 February - 6th week This House believes that politicians should not send their children to private school
Tuesday 8th March - 8th week This House believes that Donald Trump is unstoppable

Michaelmas term 2015

Date Debate
Tuesday 20 October - 2nd week This House believes that Jeremy Corbyn is good for British politics
Tuesday 3 November - 4th week This House believes that we must accept our lack of privacy
Tuesday 17 November - 6th week This House believes it's time for a secular Britain
Wednesday 2 December - 8th week This House believes that military intervention is the most effective way to combat terrorism