James's profile

Activity for James Doran

Showing: 17 Results
Sort by

The constitution should enshrine the right to housing. Access will be enabled by rent controls and the provision of rental properties by local authorities, and a residency restriction on home ownership.

James Doran
by James Doran
2 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 24
James Doran

The constitution will democratise the judiciary, with all judges and magistrates subject to election and recall. The principle will be that candidates will require legal training, but must be chosen from below by the general public, not from above by the government of the day or a self-selecting judicial establishment.

James Doran
by James Doran
-16 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 35
James Doran

A democratic constitution will have to revise existing oaths of allegiance. Those elected to parliament must swear to serve their constituents and uphold the democratic constitution. Those serving in armed forces must pledge allegiance to parliament and defend the democratic constitution.

James Doran
by James Doran
36 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 24
James Doran

The constitution should enshrine the only demand of the Chartists which has yet to be won - annual elections to parliament.

James Doran
by James Doran
-9 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 13
James Doran

The constitution should stipulate that the election of representatives must be conducted on the basis of "one member, one vote".

James Doran
by James Doran
1 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 8
James Doran

The constitution should establish a new tier of local democracy - neighbourhood assemblies would exist in each council ward and administer a percentage of council funds for the benefit of the area.

James Doran
by James Doran
6 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 27
James Doran

The constitution should enshrine peace as a value. The arms trade will be limited to production for defence of the realm rather than export. Parliament may authorise the use of armed force abroad for the purpose of aimed at humanitarian, defensive, or anti-terrorist activity, if requested by another state. The standing army shall be accountable to parliament and citizens' militia shall be permitted for defence purposes, subject to democratic governance. Moderator: If you like this...

James Doran
by James Doran
-2 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 72
James Doran

The constitution should enshrine the democratic accountability of the security services, authorising intelligence agencies to undertake surveillance for counter-terrorism purposes, and requiring the relevant government ministers to present reports of their activities to parliament.

James Doran
by James Doran
17 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 26
James Doran

The constitution should enshrine the right to trial by jury for offences which are punished only by a prison sentence.

James Doran
by James Doran
14 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 22
James Doran

Democratic elections to the City of London Corporation - end the practice of giving votes to City firms in elections to what is, in fact, a local council. The constitution should prevent local councils from such practices by adopting the following wording:   "Votes, in both general and local elections, can only be cast by human persons. No vote can be cast by a 'legal person' or 'corporate person', only by an individual in accordance with the rest of the constitution."

James Doran
by James Doran
15 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 24
James Doran

The governance of the Bank of England should be outlined in the constitution, along with rules concerning the issuing of currency.

James Doran
by James Doran
9 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 17
James Doran

A REVISED VERSION:   The political system of the UK is and should be characterised by democratic decision-making.    THE OLD VERSION: The constitution should assert the value of democratic decision-making. Moderator : if you are interested in this idea, you may also be interested in the Elections challenge, which can be found here: https://constitutionuk.com/category/view#/category/2844

James Doran
by James Doran
15 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 32
James Doran

Workers have the right to form and join trade unions, engage in collective bargaining, and take industrial action in defence of their interests.

James Doran
by James Doran
20 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 12
James Doran

The arrangements with other states should be governed by rules set out in the constitution. If parliament agrees a treaty with another state which involves the pooling of sovereignty for the purposes of trade (such as the European Union) or affects the independence of the state (such as membership of military alliances like NATO), this must be put to the people in a referendum.

James Doran
by James Doran
4 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 51
James Doran

The presidential powers of the prime minister - such as the ability to appoint and remove cabinet ministers and other powers of patronage - should be limited. Instead, ministerial and other appointments should be subject to parliamentary approval.

James Doran
by James Doran
11 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 38
James Doran

A democratic constitution should have no place for an unelected legislature.

James Doran
by James Doran
2 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 30
James Doran

Democratisation of corporate governance. We have won political democracy - democratic representation in the governance of the state - through parliament and local councils. Though, if this were perfect, we wouldn't be having this discussion. But we have not won economic democracy - democratic representation in those organisations which the state recognises as legal persons, and which could not exist without the state allowing their incorporation. Without provisions for economic...

James Doran
by James Doran
-3 Votes
Voting closed
Comments 10
James Doran
 
Share