Good evening Oxford, Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Oliver Herrmann, I am a member of the debate team at Oxford University and I’ve been looking forward to this very moment for a long time.
First, let me thank you for granting me the opportunity to speak at such a well-organized and relevant event that is the Oxford Schools Regional Debate Competition.
It is truly an honor! Tonight, I will talk about what in my opinion is one of the more overlooked taboos here in Great Britain; Poverty.
Taking both viewpoints into account I think it’s a no-brainer when arguing who’s to blame. First, Theresa May’s arguments just do not add up.
She believes job creation is the main factor for a brighter future in the UK, but when almost 60% of people in poverty are families where at least one member has a job, I do not see it making a remarkable difference.
The Conservative government’s successful job creation simply just stands in contrast to the statistics on increasing poverty.
It has been proven that growing hunger for most people in the UK has emerged alongside the “draconian” restructuring of the country’s welfare system since 2010, which is the year that Mrs. May and the Conservative government came into power and introduced their austerity policies 8.
In addition to this, it does not seem like she cares for the suffering amongst the children in our country.
The year is 2020, and teachers in primary schools all around the UK are still experiencing families depending on the school to provide food for their children because they cannot afford it at home.