Loughborough’s Model United Nation society (MUN) will be hosting a conference on the topic of democracy from February 7-9.
The weekend long event is open to all students of the university, members and non-members of the society and is aimed at those new to MUN debating. Societies from across the country will also be traveling down to join in the debate that will attempt to come to some conclusions about the international future of democracy.
Fees are £10 for Loughborough students: payment will be £15 with the £5 being refunded on the submission of a valid Loughborough student ID number.
Confirmed guest speakers kick starting the debate are the Conservative Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, Professor Robert Alison and Dr Uri Gordon, Loughborough University politics and international relations lecturer and author of Anarchism Alive.
All three will be arguing passionately about the national and international state of democracy before the three day event is officially opened. Their speeches will no doubt raise issues about whether it’s right for countries to install democracy by force where there is a repressive dictatorship, whether democracy is the right system of governance for every country and whether Britain can even be considered a democratic nation.
Delegates will then be sorted into committees with the aim of drafting resolutions in the style of the real United Nations. There will also be a short tutorial for first time conference goers or those that want to brush up on their skills. These will be optional.
And there will be no shortage of evening entertainment either with a series of social events also being planned including the traditional MUN formal dinner and free entry to Friday night at the union with a private bar. The social pack costs £20.
With entertainer Russell Brand actively calling for people to start a revolution rather than engage with the current political system and a recent poll which suggests anger rather than indifference is the main cause of not voting, it seems there has never been a better time to get involved in the debate. For those thinking of spoiling their ballot paper in the general elections next year this is a weekend not to be missed.