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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 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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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...

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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 - -...

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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 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...

Ian Smith
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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...

Tom Peach-Geraghty
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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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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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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
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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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