On Monday 6th October, five Sixth Formers – Amy, Megan, Tammy, Sophie and Natasha – took part in a ‘Question Time’– style debate at Norwich Cathedral.
The topic was “Immigration and integration – can Britain keep growing?” A variety of questions were asked on the issue regarding the rise of UKIP, racism in Britain and why Britain is so appealing. A question submitted by HOHS students was selected and led to a lively debate amongst the panel members which included Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chloe Smith MP and Judge Jeremy Richards.
It was good to hear so many questions and comments from Sixth Formers from across Norfolk and Suffolk including one international student who questioned the idea that Britain is a caring society by pointing out that whenever asked how we are, most Britons reply, “I’m fine,” regardless of whether they are or not; this led the international student to question whether British people do really care about each other.
The debate ended with a comment made by Rev Hudson-Wilkin in response to Judge Richards stating that we need to be tolerant of others; she said, “I don’t want to be tolerated. I want to be accepted!” for which she received a round of applause.