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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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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
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

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 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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Ian Smith

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
by Tom Peach-Geraghty
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Tom Peach-Geraghty

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

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.

Daniel Regan
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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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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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Lucy Knighton

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
by Tom Peach-Geraghty
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Tom Peach-Geraghty

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...

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