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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  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.      

ConstitutionUK
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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...

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Final proposal:  "Individuals with mental illnesses shall be afforded the same dignity and respect as those individuals with physical illnesses. As such, funding decisions for treatment, support and research shall consider all types of impairment equally and without bias."   With the increasing prevelance of mental illness in society, perhaps caused by the stresses of modern life or age-related dementia, the age-old taboos against the mentally infirm are still affecting all levels of...

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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.  

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"Parliament shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of any religion".  The right to "freedom of religion" also may seem to be a self evident fundamental human right today, but it too cannot be taken for granted that future governments will respect that right.  Although there is no present reason to believe that that right won't be respected, unfortunately, English history and British history are full of examples in which someone practicing the "wrong" religion was persecuted....

John Z
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Suggested constitution clause (borrowed from a New Zealand provision): 'Genuine communications between lawyers and their clients are protected.  They may not be intercepted or used against a client.  A communication is so protected if: (a) It is a confidential communication, whether oral or written, passing between— i) a legal practitioner in the practitioner's professional capacity and another legal practitioner in such capacity; or ii) a legal practitioner in...

Ian Smith
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In addition to the right to freedom which I have described in a previous proposal (General Right to Freedom), there are other basic rights of every person, regardless of status or financial means, which the government of the day should be required to ensure are met: Clean air Clean water in sufficient quantity for drinking, cooking and basic cleanliness Adequate wholesome food Shelter Sanitation Adequate protective clothing Basic health care & basic social care for the disabled Access...

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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,...

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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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Suggested clause: 'Forced marriage is prohibited. The Government shall take an active approach to ensuring that this right is guaranteed.'

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