Alex Helling

About Me: 

I am the programme officer for IDEA UK which means I help write funding proposals, do some of our admin, reporting and evaluation, and some of our communications as well as some content for this website.

Previously I was content officer for IDEA UK, a role that mostly involved working on idebate.org coordinating and writing debatabase content and moderating the site.

I came to IDEA from Debatewise where I was in a similar content role.

Before that I was a University Student at Nottingham University and Aberdeen University studying International Relations and History.

  • I'm not sure that abortion should be legal
  • I'm not sure that affirmative action should be mandatory.
  • I strongly agree that civil unions/partnerships should be legal.
  • I strongly disagree that the death penalty should be legal.
  • I slightly agree that drugs should be legal.
  • I strongly agree that environmental protection should be mandatory.
  • I slightly agree that euthanasia (human) should be legal.
  • I strongly agree that global warming exists.
  • I strongly agree that labour unions should exist.
  • I strongly disagree that late-term abortion should be legal.
  • I strongly agree that the minimum wage should be mandatory.
  • I'm not sure that missile defence systems should exist.
  • I strongly agree that national health care should be provided.
  • I slightly disagree that racial/ethnic profiling should occur.
  • I strongly agree that progressive tax should exist.
  • I strongly agree that social security / welfare should exist.
  • I strongly agree that the United Nations should exist.
  • I slightly disagree that the War on Terror is necessary.

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Question of the Week Answers

Should Obama offer concessions to the moderate new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani?

Yes - most obvious is to relax sanctions.

17 Jun 2013
Will the defection of the Syrian Prime Minister make a difference to the regime?

Probably not - he was a recent appointment and the chances are he did not really have that much power. It will only make a difference if it encourages a string of other defections.

6 Aug 2012
Should Assad be given a "safe exit" for him and his family if he steps down?

I think at the moment saving lives has to be given priority over bringing Assad to justice.

23 Jul 2012
Should Obama maintain US nuclear missiles on launch-ready alert?

Nope; it is a dangerous relic of the cold war that in any crisis reduces the breathing space for negotiations.

9 Jul 2012
Will the UN succeed in creating a binding arms trade treaty?

I think there will be some result, and it will probably be binding, but there will be other limitations - human rights not included as a reason or else the types of arms limited.

3 Jul 2012
Should Europe relax the austerity measures imposed on Greece in return for its bailouts?

Yes, Europe loses if Greece is squeezed too far.

21 Jun 2012
Should descendants of refugees have a right to return home?

If possible yes. However as the specific context is Palestine there is perhaps a case for limiting the numbers to only the first direct male descendent who can then go back with family rather than the whole diaspora.

28 May 2012
Will the elections in Greece and France force Europe to abandon austerity?

Going to be interesting to see, there is a treaty after all and treaties that are binding are difficult to simply throw away. But what are the other options, a Franco-German split and Greece out would not be a good result.

8 May 2012
Is Rupert Murdoch a fit person to run an international media conglomerate?

The problem is not with Murdoch himself but with the extent of his power. If Desmond is fit to run newspapers surely Murdoch is too. The problem is too much power in the hands of one person.

1 May 2012
Should Gaddafi have been captured alive?

He was!

5 Jan 2012

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Debate Improvements

Correction
The opposition's conclusions can be attacked in three ways. First, countries that are less economically developed than wealthy North American and European states are not likely to support rules...
12 Nov 2013
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The opposition's conclusions can be attacked in three ways. First, countries that are less economically developed than wealthy North American and European states are not likely to support rules...
12 Nov 2013
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If school teachers, as people in positions of authority over vulnerable groups, were permitted to carry arms then it would guarantee greater protection for children. Incidents in recent years such as...
9 Jul 2012

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