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In the absence of a UK constitution, is today’s government just too powerful?

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As the head of the government the Prime Minister has immense power. Since the first Prime minister Sir Robert Walpole took this office, 52 Prime Ministers have been and gone. Since then, naturally the role and powers of the Prime Minister has drastically changed. In modern day Britain, what should the constitution say about the role and powers of the Prime Minister and his government? In the absence of a codified UK constitution, is today’s government just too powerful?


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The constitution should enshrine the responsibility of the government to use rigourously established objective evidence in its policy making.  All too often (all of the time?) policy is based upon ideology, attempting to increase popularity ratings, point scoring against rival parties, or pure self-interest. What the country deserves is policy based on objective evidence, as below: Test the theory as to why the policy will be effective and what the impacts of the policy will be if it is...

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  "In fulfillment of the principle that the sole legitimate source of political power is the people, all levels of government are required to respect the principle of subsidiarity. The lowest level of government (including local and parish councils) reasonably capable of exercising any given responsibility should be entitled to do so if that is the clearly expressed choice of its voters." This clause is derived from the original idea below and from the comments made in the second phase....

Alastair Bruton
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Regardless of who is elected on whatever platform, a constitution absolutely must constrain the ability of government to subjugate fundamental civil and political rights.  For the absence of doubt, these rights apply to all adults (children do not have unlimited criminal, contract or political rights and responsibilities). This includes: -The right to live one's life as you see fit, including control over your own body (limited only when one acts criminally against others or their...

Scott Wilson
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Because politicians tend to be out of touch with the average person with politicians having their own agenda, I would put in the Constitution a concept called "initiative and referendum", in which if a specified number of adult persons sign/e-sign a petition on an issue, then that issue is placed on the ballot for vote (most likely on Election Day).  If that public vote obtains a specified percent of the total vote, then that issue will become law. This is different from the current...

John Z
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Firstly, ideally all citizens must submit to the constitution from its inception. This must include the monarchy, the executive, parliament, devolved administrations, local government, the judiciary, the police, HMRC, .... And lastly but certainly not 'least' the individual citizen.  As to issues relating to individual party manifestos, maybe the idea of a more 'defined' constitution might give cause for thought as to the compilation declared manifestos as the politicians would have...

Gavin Russ
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I have a feeling but I wish push the limits. Maybe it should be in Parliament's remit to ratify the appointments but not based upon a simple party majority or coalition. Might not a cutoff point say two thirds of ALL MP's would have to vote for the candidate before final ratification?  And ... Might the citizens choose between the party leaders during the general voting system who they feel might represent them? This might be attached to the general ballot and might act as a powerful guide...

Gavin Russ
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The governance of the Bank of England should be outlined in the constitution, along with rules concerning the issuing of currency.

James Doran
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Phase 2 version (draft 2 amendments in bold): Government fiscal accounting shall be based on an 'official unit of account' whose value may not be either a) arbitrary or b) controlled, wholly or in part, directly or indirectly, by private interests or by agencies outside Britain. Minutes or hours of passive labour shall be regarded as an acceptable official unit of account . This provision shall not constrain the continued use of an established non-qualifying unit of account during a...

Malcolm Ramsay
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This proposal may sound obvious, but nothing should be taken for granted.  Basically, when the Constitution is finalized, the government shall publish (and thereafter annually publish) the text of the Constitution ALONG WITH citations to supporting statutes, case law, principles, Royal Prerogative, Conventions, International Law, etc... that currently support each provision.  For any new principles that are not presently supported by any citation, then the publication should state that....

John Z
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The presidential powers of the prime minister - such as the ability to appoint and remove cabinet ministers and other powers of patronage - should be limited. Instead, ministerial and other appointments should be subject to parliamentary approval.

James Doran
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