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Should the United Kingdom be explicitly defined as a plurinational entity, and if so, how would this work?  Bolivia, for example, is officially "The Plurinational State of Bolivia" according to its 2009 Constitution, Article One of which states (quite wordy with the English translation): "Bolivia is constituted as a Unitary Social State of Pluri-National Communitarian Law that is free, independent, sovereign, democratic, inter-cultural, decentralized and with autonomies. Bolivia is founded...

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The Greater Manchester Referendum Campaign has, since early December, been criticising the absence of public consultation in the drawing up of plans for a "devo-manc" settlement, referred to in earlier posts.  The fear is that, without a referendum, much of the content of "devo-manc" is unaccountable and undemocratic. As "Mancunian Spring" put it: "So where do we go from here and how do we escape the clutches of an establishment devolution model attempting to maintain as much of the status...

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Greater Manchester will begin controlling its NHS budget in April. What are the implications of this? Should we be supporting such measures and similar policies elsewhere? There are people for and against such plans, some worrying that an empowered Greater Manchester will lack democratic oversight, others subscribing to the idea of a Northern "powerhouse". (If I've missed people please go ahead and tag more!) Here's some info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-31656313  

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As membership of political parties has declined massively in the past few decades, donors have become increasingly central to British politics. It also appears to be the case that - particularly big donors - are fundamentally undermining the functioning of our democracy.  There should be restrictions on the amount of funding the political parties can receive - indeed, I would even recommend that they are forced to depend only on 5-10 pound joining fees. They would need to work harder to...

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Parliament is ridiculously male-dominated. Surely, if parliament is to reflect the population, it has to look more like the people it represents: the constitution must enshrine the principle of gender equality not just in some abstract form, but it should also assert the importance of greater gender equality in parliament.  This is not to advocate quotas, but to get us talking about how we fix our awful crisis of representation. 

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Our constitution desperately needs to affirm the rights of the citizen over the rights of the corporation. Trade agreements like the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) reflect the political establishment's total contempt for public opinion and accountability - as well as UK sovereignty.  Such vital trade agreements should be subject to the highest standards of public scrutiny - not decided behind closed doors in London or Brussels....

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The Scottish government suggested that an independent Scotland would prohibit, in its constitution, the production, maintenance, or use of nuclear weapons. This idea needs to gain traction across the UK. It should not have taken a referendum on the break-up of the Union to make people question why we need to renew Trident, or why we need to be a part of NATO (the SNP wanted to remain part of NATO, other independence groups deplored this idea).  I think a lot of people in Britain want the...

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Today, David Cameron heads back to Scotland and is expected to announce draft legislation containing proposals developed by the Smith Commission. The Scottish Parliament is likely to gain the authority to set income tax rates and bands, gain significant control over welfare spending, also gaining the authority to control fracking licenses and Crown Estates.  Is this a rushed, fudged compromise, or a workable set of proposals? (Follow the events here:...

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Harry Blain

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jan 13, 2015

Bio MSc in Conflict Studies candidate at LSE. Research interests include state surveillance, counter-terrorism laws, and the links between austerity and social unrest. (Facilitator: devolution challenge)

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18-29

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Undergraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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