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What are 'British values'? What should we include in our constitution?

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Should we consider respect for community? What are British values? Which of these should be written down in a constitution? Considering the government's guidance on British values, do you think they have got it right or can you do any better?

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The elderly should have guaranteed access to pensions and care homes, to ensure their dignity in old age. There's been a lot of talk about raising the retirement age recently - but the fact that our country looks after its pensioners with a state pension is something we should be proud of. I know there are debates about how much pensioners actually receive, but a commitment to look after our elderly should be celebrated. Should a definite retirement age be decided on and written into...

Lucy Knighton
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Every human being should have equal opportunities and be recognised equally regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, culture, social background, gender, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic status. No one should be discriminated against in reflection of the above equality.   Moderator: If you like this idea, you may also like the idea 'What fairness and equality means for education'   https://constitutionuk.com/category/#/post/84306

Cecilia Rossler
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Cecilia Rossler

Draft 3: [Suggested by Robg8]   1 - No Whistle-Blower (as identified in law) shall be allowed to suffer financial loss or other damage, from the act of whistle-blowing. 2 - A law shall establish criminal and/or civil penalties for any person, company or organisation shown to have acted in a way contrary to section 1, and for compensation to be paid to any person adversely affected by such action.   Draft 2b; (amended)   1 - No Whistle-Blower (as identified in...

Tom Austin
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Our constitution's preambles should contain these words: ' - we are stronger together as people and peoples than we are apart; - we should strive to maintain a sense of common purpose and values; and - we support each other in our individual pursuits of happiness '  

Ian Smith
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Having reviewed some of these posts, these three words seem to shine through. Human dignity for me is an absolute. There should be very explicit references to the rights of all from cradle to grave in terms of how actually the constitution guarantees the right to dignity but reference must be made. Respect flows from dignity. The constitution should embody that that all participants, including government, citizens public and authorities should be bound within a 'culture' of respect within...

Gavin Russ
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Gavin Russ

A new revised version of the idea (feel free to suggest changes):  The state’s responsibility to protect its citizens from violence within or without is contingent on the concept of human security. Any limitations on individual liberties must be rooted in this basic value.  - The people of the UK have the right to be safe: safe from harassment, intimidation and physical assault. In order for the state to take possible and appropriate measures to preserve this, it has the right to...

Salka Margrét Sigurðardóttir
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Salka Margrét Sigurðardóttir

REVISED VERSION: There should be a guaranteed minimum wage that provides for a reasonable standard of living. This minimum wage should be linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). THE OLD VERSION: In the big benefits debate, a common argument for people staying within the benefit system is that minimum wage jobs simply don’t pay enough. Should we raise the minimum wage so that working is much more appealing than the benefits system? At present, with the low minimum wage and...

Tom Parker
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Suggested preamble to the constitution: - 'The people of the [UK] recognise that it is important that, to the best of their abilities, they strive to use their endeavours and resources to contribute economically to the [UK] and where required shall pay taxes for the benefit of the people of the [UK]' Reasoning: this is a necessary corollary of valuing and aspiring to have a functioning government and civil service and the guarantee of security in the form of welfare (somebody has to...

Ian Smith
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Power to the People Born of the ancient traditions of these islands or drawn here from around the globe; followers of every faith both religious and secular; diverse in culture and habit, the people of Britain have come together to affirm in this constitution the principles by which we wish to order our government and to set out for the benefit of every citizen the rules which are the basis of our life together. 1. This constitution affirms as its founding principle that the people are...

Alastair Bruton
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Suggested preamble to the constitution: - 'The people of the [UK] value fairness and justice'   Reasoning behind the idea: Fairness and Justice are the two big pillars in the house of British values. Ask any foreigner what they think of as Britishness and they are likely to tell you that: - the British play fair and want fairness to prevail; - the British value justice and which to know that it done and seen to be done. Each of these pillars supports the roof above our...

Ian Smith
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