Bill of responsibilities

Edit: final phase 2 wording:

General responsibilities of a citizen

All adult citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the following general responsibilities under the Constitution:

-       To uphold the values of the Constitution.

-       To have regard to the rights of others enshrined within the Constitution.

-       Adhere to the law of the land.

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Well the theme is rights and duties! 

Basically, in addition to a bill of rights codifying a citizen's expectation of the state, we should also have a bill of responsibilities. These needn't be long or onerous, but set out a list of things that an adult is expected to do as a citizen:

  • Uphold the values of the Constitution 
  • Adhere to the law of the land
  • Respect the rights of others enshrined within the Constitution 

Edit 2 Apr: I previously included "Vote in elections" (see thread on compulsory voting) as a bullet. However, to test reception, I've amended this bullet as comments below seem to indicate a general discomfort with this. 

I would strongly resist any responsibilities which impinge on an individual's general freedom to act according to their free will within the law of the land. Prescriptions on behaviour (attendance at school, work if one is able) should be statutory rather than constitutional. 

edited on Apr 18, 2015 by Daniel Gaunt

Daniel Gaunt Apr 9, 2015

General responsibilities of a citizen

All adult citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the following general responsibilities under the Constitution:

-       To uphold the values of the Constitution.

-       To have regard to the rights of others enshrined within the Constitution.

-       Adhere to the law of the land.

 

Note: I've deliberately used 'Uphold the values of...' rather than 'Respect...'. One of the values will be general freedom of speech, which would necessarily allow anyone to argue against, insult or ridicule the Constitution or any part of it. This prevents any implication that to do so would be wrong or actionable in any way. 

For point 2, I've again avoided respect in favour of 'have regard to...', recognising that people will generally act in the furtherance of their own rights rather than those of others which 'respect' might be seen to imply. 

Daniel Gaunt Apr 18, 2015

No further comments, so will stick with the latest version of the wording.

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