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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 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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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...

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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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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

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