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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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Lucy Knighton

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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Alastair Bruton

Suggested Clause: 'We recognise that education, including higher education, is essential for the personal development of individuals and for promoting social mobility and fairness and equality in the [UK].  Accordingly: - - Everyone in the UK shall have the right to a free education, including a free higher education; - - Educational institutions must carry out their activities for the benefit of all potential students in the communities in which they are positioned; and - -...

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

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

REVISED VERSION: The three roles of government, the legislature, executive and judiciary, should be as separate and independent from each other as is possible in a parliamentary democracy. These branches of government need all to be accountable to the public. This principle ensures that power cannot be abused and that a single person or entity cannot create a law, find someone guilty of breaking it, and sentence them as well.  OLD VERSION: If this has already been covered...

Tom Peach-Geraghty
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Tom Peach-Geraghty

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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CURRENT DRAFT: People of all faiths and no faith shall have equal rights; and faith organisations shall have neither a more nor less favoured status within government or society as a whole solely on the basis of their faith-based nature. Faith groups should not provide public services without proof that their services are impartial and their funding fair. PREVIOUS VERSION: People of all faiths and no faith shall have equal rights; and faith organisations shall have neither a more nor...

Tom Peach-Geraghty
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Tom Peach-Geraghty

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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Ian Smith

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

THE REVISED VERSION OF THE IDEA: The state has a duty to protect all animals from the intentional or reckless infliction of suffering by humankind, for whatever purpose, and to ensure that citizens provide animals in their care with the Five Freedoms (as defined by the Government's Farm Animal Welfare Council). THE OLD VERSION OF THE IDEA: That the constitution should include a requirement for the protection of animals from cruelty and abuse. Including all domestic and wild...

Trevor Pearson
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