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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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Cecilia Rossler
by Cecilia Rossler
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The UK’s human rights shall be comprised of those outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocol. For more information, see the articles accepted in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: http://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Convention_ENG.pdf The above text was proposed at the ‘Hacking the UK Constitution’ launch event on Thursday January 15. Votes: 28-11 in favour.

Daniel Regan
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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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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

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
by Lucy Knighton
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Lucy Knighton

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...

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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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...

Tom Parker
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Tom Parker

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
by Alastair Bruton
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Alastair Bruton

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
by 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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