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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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...

Ian Smith
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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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Protection of morality has been the claimed motivation behind a variety of state interferences in the lives of ordinary people but morality and morals are not well-defined universally accepted concepts. Christians define morality in a particular way, Muslims in another, Atheists in another, Humanists in another and so on. The constitution should forbid parliament and other trappings of the state from any attempt to define or enforce any aspect of morality leaving such matters entirely to...

Bob Stammers
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Phase 2 final version: Every citizen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the right to learn how to speak, read, and write the English language. It shall be the responsibility of Parliament to ensure that programmes exist which serve to assist in this goal. I think this is clear enough that it is a right not an expectation on any individual. However, if the constitution were to have interpretation guidance written alongside, it should probably make clear that this provision...

Daniel Gaunt
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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.

James Doran
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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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Version Two: "Individuals have the right to bodily integrity and shall have the right to terminate their own pregnancies in the first trimester at least. People and institutions who are opposed to abortion should not be forced, through taxation or regulation, to support financially or by association, any abortion services."   Given the controversy that abortion rights have caused in countries such as the U.S. and Ireland, I don't feel it is too specific to mention in the...

Claire Finn
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"No person shall be subject to an unreasonable search or seizure of their house, their person, or their effects". With this right, if a Court of law rules that a search or seizure was unreasonable (and thus illegal), then any evidence, contraband, etc... that is discovered from that "unreasonable search or seizure" shall be inadmissable as evidence in a criminal proceeding.  

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"No person shall be charged for the same offence more than once". This right may seem self-evident and seem unnecessary in the Constitution, but people can never take their rights for granted.  This is a mandatory restriction on government.     

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Suggested constitution clause (in the criminal justice section): '- Nobody should be compelled to testify against themselves; - Confessions obtained under duress are inadmissible in courts of law; - Nobody should be convicted solely upon their own confession.'

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