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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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Suggested draft clause for the constitution (drawn from the thread below, many thanks): " the Government must endeavour to manage the [UK] economy in such a way as to promote sustainable economic activity and use of resources for the benefit of the current and future generations and report to Parliament twice yearly how it is meeting this target." Reasoning: The UK has a huge national debt, spending billions every year on interest servicing this debt. We also have very...

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Suggested clause: 'The use of all historic titles used by hereditary heads of state, hereditary rulers and members of the aristocracy of the [UK] and elsewhere in the world is prohibited in public life in the [UK] and all privileges attached to such titles are abolished'   Reasoning behind the idea which has come through to this phase: Titles such as Dame, Baron, Sir etc, are antiquated and unhelpful as official forms of address in political and public spheres   They will be...

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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...

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No-one should profit from selling weapons or arms to any individual or organisation. A British constitution should clearly forbid any money or benefit following from the exchange of devices that are designed or likely to be used as weapons against any group or individual. This includes everything from hand weapons, to drones, aircraft designed to deliver weapons, nuclear weapons and components of these. Accepting that weapons exist but that they should not be regarded as a source of revenue,...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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Everyone has the right to freedom of expression

Cecilia Rossler
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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 '  

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