The interdependant nature of rights

I suggest a preamble to the constitution stating:

'Rights and duties are interdependent and the people of the UK understand that in many cases their rights under this constitution come at a cost and carry with them responsibilities to the other people of the [UK].''

The reasoning behind this is:

It is much harder and complicated to talk about and indeed set out our responsibilities to each other.  We must do that too.

It is hard to think of any right which does not come at some expense to another person or which must be exercised responsibly.

The new constitution should emphasise the inter-dependent nature of rights and responsibilities.

edited on Apr 9, 2015 by Ian Smith

Ian Smith Apr 5, 2015

Dear All,

I am posting a quick comment here and in my other ideas.

Firstly, I want to say how much I have enjoyed seeing all of your contributions on this and other ideas and how impressed I am with the range of expertise and erudition which has filled these debates.

Secondly, I wish to put forward a couple of suggestions as to a way forward at this stage.  They are:

A.   I suggest that we all refrain from further voting until the ideas have been refined and represented and have then been debated for a while.  My thinking here is that we will want to see the reshaped ideas and see the comments on those refined ideas before we decide whether they are to be voted up or down,  I do not think that we should refrain from voting on comments but perhaps try not to vote too hastily on them.

B.  Now that the hurly burly of the "Hacking" phase (some of it quite savage) has passed, I hope and wish that we will adopt a more collaborative and less combative approach in our commentary, so that commentary is given a chance to be constructive and really do the job of refining the ideas in question.

C.  I would hope that we can refrain from attacking the very existence of the idea under discussion in this phase or the fact that it has successfully gone through to this phase against the wishes of those who voted it down.  I sincerely hope that the previous critics of an idea, will still respect that it found favour with the crowd and now help to refine the idea in this phase.

Thirdly, I will try my best not to introduce any more typos and mangled phrases! 

Best wishes for the holiday weekend!


Daniel Gaunt Apr 9, 2015

Ian - please see link for a fundamentally similar proposal, in which I've set out the basis of what a clause might look like. 

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Ian Smith Apr 9, 2015

Dear All,

I have suggested a draft preamble in the idea (now edited) above.

Kind regards,