Citizens not Subjects!

Disestablish the Church and scrap the Monarchy. These two out-dated and un-democratic establishments are un-elected and yet wield great influence in the running of the nation.

The monarchy costs the tax-payer huge sums whilst already being the wealthiest in the land - their accounts are not even public!

Scrap the monarchy and with it all the aristocrats and hereditary Lords.

High time we were a Republic with an elected Head of State - not from the current Establishment.

edited on Apr 15, 2015 by David Taylor

Fiona Condon Apr 5, 2015

While I agree with what you say, these two points would be better discussed separately.

Ruobing Wang Apr 5, 2015

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Daniel Gaunt Apr 16, 2015

Clause for discussion:

1) This Constitution affirms the freedom of religion, including the freedom to adhere to no religion. However, there shall be no state religion. 

2) No person shall be appointed to a legislative or judicial role under this Constitution solely on the basis of their membership of or adherence to a specific religion. 

3) Government shall not be permitted to spend money on the promotion of any religion or religious perspective. However, this provision shall not prevent funds being spent on the  construction or maintenance of places of worship or on the creation and preservation of cultural assets of a religious nature, where this is in the public interest. 

Hugh Ryan Apr 16, 2015

3) Government shall not be permitted to spend money on the promotion of any religion or religious perspective[; nor shall any religion, or any person or organisation receive any concession or benefice from any organ of the state unless said concession or benefice is available to a majority of the population]. However, this provision shall not prevent funds being spent on the  construction or maintenance of places of worship or on the creation and preservation of cultural assets of a religious nature, where this is in the public interest. 

The addition is to ensure no religion, religious worker or organisation receives e.g. a tax break simply because of that religious affiliation.

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