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...

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"The Government or any government agency may not seize private property for public use without just compensation." The term "just compensation" is no doubt vague, but it will up to the parties involved to determine what is "just compensation", and if an agreement cannot be reached, then the matter no doubt will be decided by the Judiciary.

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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...

Daniel Gaunt
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The UK obviously has a long history of constitutional law going back to the Magna Carta of 1215 and a bill of rights from 1689. However It can be argued that they need to reviewed and edited and presented as a set of holistic reforms to set the UK up for the 21st Century.  To unambiguously reaffirm some basic principles to remove any possibility of them being undermined at a later date by the state:   Human Rights – UNCHR good place to start but to include (but not limited to):...

Faisal Ahmed
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The public interest should be recognised in the Constitution as a legitimate defence for those who break the law in non-violent ways - whistleblowers and environmental activists for example - in pursuit of what they consider and the court recognises to be the public good.

Alastair Bruton
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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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Final proposal:   ' individuals shall have the right to privacy and the right to communicate without interception.' The concept of privacy, both offline and online, and the ability to communicate privately and without interception by government agencies is slowly being degraded in favour of blanket surveillance. Our right to communicate with friends, family, business colleagues or contacts, or strangers for that matter, via email, text, instant message, telephone, skype, social...

Tom Peach-Geraghty
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  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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Although we have a freedom of information act in place at present it is of limited effectiveness because there are too many loopholes which officials and sometimes politicians use to avoid or delay giving proper answers. Democracy without knowledge of what is being done in our name is meaningless. We need a more effective right to freedom of information at two levels, one for everyone, giving a general right to know what has been done or is being planned to be done by all bodies carrying...

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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...

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