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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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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
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Alastair Bruton

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
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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

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 '  

Ian Smith
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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
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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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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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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
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REVISED VERSION: Britain is a pluralist tolerant democracy underpinned by respect for personal freedom and equality for all. We should entrench integration as a core tenet of what it means to be British. Ours is a history of community and we should not lose sight of this. OLD VERSION: The codification of British values should include integration between people from different age, ethnic, and social groups. In order to fully embrace our diverse society, we should entrench...

The Challenge
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