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The regions of England have legitimate historic identities, some with their own ancient languages and customs, others with dialects still in common use. These identities will not be preserved or protected without recognition, and the idea of a unitary England is what prevents that recognition. I'll start by declaring that I've been pretty open about being in favour of regional devolution, but I've seen enough conflict over the subject of England in the context of devolution that it seems...

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There are three ideas that predominate when it comes to Lords reform: Fix how they're selected so that they're not "cronies" and party grandees. This is thought of as a way to fix their lack of independence and therefore legitimacy. It may also aid in giving the house more legitimate claim to expertise, which (seemingly uniquely in Britain) is perceived as a necessary part of the legislative process. Replace the house with an elected one. This usually entails suggesting that we have...

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Regular elections are important, but what happens if we end up with more (or less!) than we bargained for? We have never had the ability to select for or against parts of a governing party's policy programme, even at election time - most elections are won on a relatively small number of key issues. As it stands, we don't account for policy preferences or allow for the most basic democratic oversight - that of citizens themselves. I would suggest three new powers for the electorate which...

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John Hackett

York, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jan 20, 2015

Age
18-29

Gender
Male

Highest level of Education
A-Level

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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