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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The Constitution should have different sections within the document.  The Sections I can think of are as follows: +  The Preamble +  Government Powers/Limits of Government Powers +  Bill of Rights +  Miscellaneous Constitutional Amendments   Naturally, each section shall have sub-sections (such as powers of the Government, powers of the Parliament, powers of the Judiciary).  Perhaps a section on the Monarchy as well. By having different sections for different concepts, at least...

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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...

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Protection of Net Neutrality As technology advances Internet rights become increasingly more important for people globally, not just in Britain, therefore the protection of our rights online need to be codified into a constitution. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, is one of many computer scientists to come out against attacks on net neutrality. “Let us protect the neutrality of the net." -Tim Berners-Lee What is net neutrality for those who do not know?...

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Although the right for "freedom of speech", "freedom of the press", and the right to "peaceful assembly" are self evident human rights, we cannot take it for granted that the government may not try to suppress these rights someday.  As such, these rights must be written into the UK Constitution.   "Parliament shall ensure that the people have the right to freedom of speech, and of the press, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble, except as prescribed by law and is absolutely...

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The constitution should enshrine the right to housing. Access will be enabled by rent controls and the provision of rental properties by local authorities, and a residency restriction on home ownership.

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Workers have the right to form and join trade unions, engage in collective bargaining, and take industrial action in defence of their interests.

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Proposal: Any person is free to do anything he or she wishes, with the following exceptions: (a) He or she must not significantly harm, or seriously risk causing harm to anyone else against that person's will. (b) He or she must not cause unnecessary suffering to any sentient being (c) He or she is a minor or by reason of mental incapacity is to have decisions taken on their behalf, and in their best interests (d) He or she is serving a sentence of imprisonment.   Various rights...

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Edit: final phase 2 wording: General responsibilities of a citizen All adult citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the following general responsibilities under the Constitution: -       To uphold the values of the Constitution. -       To have regard to the rights of others enshrined within the Constitution. -       Adhere to the law of the land. ----------------- Well the theme is rights and duties!  Basically, in addition...

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  Proposal: The rights set out in this constitution shall apply to all human persons from birth until death, but not to corporate bodies of any kind. If this provision is not included, then big corporations will claim all the same rights as people, whether appropriate or not, on the grounds that they are "persons", which for some, but not all, legal purposes they are. This argument is widely used in USA to distort the meaning of their constitution in their favour (e.g. the right to...

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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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