Old Stamfordians Debate Scottish Independence
Two Stamford School Old Boys’, Matthew Pennill and George Sharman, returned to Stamford to challenge the School’s current debating captains, Joseph Begley and Matthew Kew, to a debate in the Corn Exchange. The motion before the house, "This House believes that Scotland and the UK are better together", produced an impressive array of cultural and economic arguments from both teams and prompted many questions from the audience, who left the auditorium much better informed about the prospect of an independent Scotland.
Although a loyal audience awarded the debate to seasoned debaters Begley and Kew by a narrow margin, the Old Stamfordians faced their opposition with superior fire power. Matthew Pennill is now in his second year studying Government and Economics at London School of Economics and hopes to follow a career in economic policymaking; George Sharman is in the final year of a politics degree at the University of Sheffield and hopes to work as a military adviser for the UN in Uganda after leaving university.