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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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A REVISED VERSION:   The political system of the UK is and should be characterised by democratic decision-making.    THE OLD VERSION: The constitution should assert the value of democratic decision-making. Moderator : if you are interested in this idea, you may also be interested in the Elections challenge, which can be found here: https://constitutionuk.com/category/view#/category/2844

James Doran
by James Doran
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James Doran

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
by Tom Austin
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Tom Austin

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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Ian Smith

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
by Tom Parker
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Tom Parker

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
by Cecilia Rossler
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Cecilia Rossler

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression

Cecilia Rossler
by Cecilia Rossler
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Cecilia Rossler

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
by Trevor Pearson
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Trevor Pearson

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

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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