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Hitchens wins lopsided decision

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Last night’s main event – the Hitchens-Fry versus Onaiyekan-Widdecombe debate – ended in heavy defeat for the Catholic contingent.

According to Andrew M Brown, audience opinion shifted dramatically thanks to Hitchens’s verbal ninjitsu and Archbishop Onaiyekan’s hesitancy.

He reports:

The voting gives a good idea of how it went. Before the debate, for the motion: 678. Against: 1102. Don’t know: 346. This is how it changed after the debate. For: 268. Against: 1876. Don’t know: 34. In other words, after hearing the speakers, the number of people in the audience who opposed the motion increased by 774. My friend Simon, who’s a season ticket holder, said it was the most decisive swing against a motion that he could remember.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 20, 2009 at 7:29 am

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