Rights and Duties

Is it high time the UK had a bill of rights like the US?

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Should the constitution specify the duties of a citizen? Should any of these duties be enforced and how? Is it high time the UK had a bill of rights like the US? If we were to leave the European Union which of your rights would you want to be protected?

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At the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) we believe a meaningful commitment to access to the legal process should be enshrined in any codified constitution introduced in Britain. Access to a legal remedy is a fundamental principle of the rule of law and we see first-hand how important it is for prisoners to receive legal advice and representation for them to be able to defend their rights. However, following repeated rounds of swingeing legal aid cuts introduced first by the outgoing Labour...

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Prisoners' Advice Service

  1 The State shall allocate funds for insurance-like services, paid-for in taxes and claimed-back as a right at other times in the citizen's life. The state shall account for the funds, predict future benefits, and not divert these funds to circuses or foreign wars or any other purpose. A commitment to the concept of a fund will serve until a real fund or funds are established.   2 The State shall co-operate with other similar social insurance systems around the world, and...

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John Robertson
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Forget ideologies and party politics, we have a moral duty to come together in unity and do all we can to minimise what is to become the defining issue of our lives: Climate Change. We need to put in place a framework which gives the tools and accountable obligation to those in power to tackle an issue that if not dealt with, could become an ireversible and fatal threat to our futures. This is about action on climate change: Ensuring those in power cannot make it a side issue, ignored,...

Abel McLinden
by Abel McLinden
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Abel McLinden

Suggested clause: ' No individual shall be deprived of all means of subsistence nor forced unnecessarily into a position of dependency by the operation of law.' Idea behind the clause: No individual should be deprived of all means of subsistence.  In practice this means, for example, that even bankrupts should be left with the tools of their trade and other similar rights which successive governments can define and refine.

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

A new UK constitution should include a series of fundamental rights, mimicking the US Bill of Rights or the European Convention on Human Rights (it should be compatible with the latter). It should also include rights compatible with the International Convenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, resembling closely the European Social Charter. These rights then should be justiciable, of course, and actively communicated and promoted, particularly amongst employers and in schools. The...

Marc Hall
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Marc Hall

The need for a bill of rights, to protect those rights for ourselves and future generations from political interference. To be binding on all future governments and to establish the absolute rule of law.   Rather the add verbiage to ideas and discussions, I felt it might be better to address these points, brought up by Shahriar and Imogen directly in one place. (1) why you think ordinary acts of parliament cannot adequately protect the right to privacy; and Because any parliament can...

Trevor Pearson
by Trevor Pearson
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Trevor Pearson

The European Convention on Human Rights, is like other major human rights treaties, as good a starting point as any for deciding on what "rights" we should have.  It has served our people very well over the years.  For a long time, we the people brought many cases to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about arbitrary and unfair UK laws and behaviour.  A good example is corporal punishment in schools which was finally outlawed in the UK as a result of a case brought by a UK child....

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Suggested clause for the constitution (many thanks to AndrewCullyer, from whom I have borrowed most of the wording): 'Parliament shall create a legal framework for dealing with the following: euthanasia, living wills, capacity, wardhsips of minors for medical treatment, the creation of life with the help of science and gene modifications and therapies.' Idea behind the suggested clause: he constitution should enshrine principles of and a framework dealing with: - life and death...

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Suggested constitution clause: 'No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade are prohibited in all their forms' Idea behind the draft: Our constitution should outlaw Slavery and Servitude. If you think that slavery and servitude has been erradicated in the UK then think again.  We even have a government Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime.  See https://www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-for-modern-slavery-and-organised-crime...

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

We need a constitution because our fascinating mixture of principles, conventions, statutes, caselaw and pragmatism..... 1.  Is difficult to research, let alone understand and apply. it offers wonderful opportunities to scholars and creative lawyers but little certainty for the ordinary person (or uncreative lawyer like me). 2.  Is has failed to prevent our country from colonising large parts of the world, fighting unjust wars and exporting deadly products (arms) without even votes in...

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