Ethical Foreign Policy

Here is my suggested clause for the constitution:

'It is the duty of the UK, through its government and other agencies, to ensure that:

- It conducts its affairs with other states and their peoples ethically; 

- It will negotiate with but not lend political, military or economic support to regimes which do not respect fundamental human rights of the kind recognised and promulgated by the United Nations.' 

(This is not an anti-foreign aid idea as it would not prevent the continuance of aid to groups and individuals wherever needed)

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!


Ian Smith Apr 7, 2015

Dear All,

Before I draft a suggested clause for the constitution, I should be very grateful if you would let me have any further thoughts on this idea and in particular the form of a constitutional clause.

Kind regards,


Ian Smith Apr 9, 2015

Dear All,

I have now supplied a draft clause in the (amended) idea above.

Kind regards,


laure roux Apr 11, 2015

I think you could add or supplement the first statement with exemple such as:

- its government does not encroach on other countries's sovereignty and autonomy. ( by this I mean economic coloniaslism, other forms of colonialism)

- what about other countrie's right? human rights?

What do you think? but if you don't want to change anything this is fine.

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