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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 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.

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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