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 state categorically that the currency of the United Kingdom must have intrinsic value, such as the gold standard. The depreciation of the sterling over the time, the printing of money without any benchmark such as gold and the distribution of that money to institutions that favour the rich to acquire assets before its buying power is weakened is a deception and theft from the people of Britain.  

James Smith
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Suggested constitution clause: 'The [UK]'s natural resources must be used responsibly for the good of all including future generations.'

Ian Smith
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Suggested clause (if you are interested in the most basic international child rights, they come from a UN convention): 'Children and Children's Rights Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights set out in the Appendix of Children's Rights to this Constitution and the state has the responsibility for guaranteeing these Children's Rights. Appendix - Children's Rights Best interests of the child The best interests of the child must be a top priority in the state's...

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  1.       All persons shall be equal before the law. 2.       The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this constitution shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, sexual orientation, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.      

ConstitutionUK
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The UK Constitution shall have an Equal Protection Clause that guarantees that no law shall treat people unequally.  Obviously there will be some carved out exceptions in statutes, such as young children being legally forbidden from voting or driving, etc...   The UK Constitution shall also have a Due Process Clause, that ensures that no person shall be deprived "due process" of the law. Below I re-worded the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause as found in the 14th Amendment...

John Z
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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?...

Kristopher Cussans
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Suggested constitution clause: 'Every individual is free to have no religion and to express non-religious ideas.  No individual shall be discriminated against in law by reason of having no religion or expressing non-religious ideas.' (And this shall either be a stand-alone clause or built into equality and freedom of thought and expression clauses.  The LSE team can no doubt make the final decision on that.  I suggest that any further comments and votes simply consider the merits of...

Ian Smith
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  1.       The State shall promote the welfare of the people by securing and protecting an effective social order in which justice and equality shall inform all the institutions of the state.   2.       The State shall safeguard the economic interests of vulnerable sections of the community, and, where necessary, contribute financially to support such persons.      

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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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Peaceful political protest is recognised as the right of every citizen and as a legitimate part of the democratic process. The state at every level is required to facilitate such protest. The right to protest may be exercised in any public place or in any private space generally open to the public and serving a similar purpose to that of a public street or square during the time when the  space is usually open to the public....

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