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In the Preamble to the Constitution, I would have a small statement that honors those who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms that the people have today.  I would state:    “We hereby honor and pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and against tyranny, for the rights that we cherish today.  And but for their sacrifice, we would be living under tyranny today.”            The significance of this statement is to remind people that the “rights” we so...

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If I may borrow and put a new spin on the American (and Irish) slogan as a grievance against London for collecting taxes on the public but without adequate representation of the people and how their tax money is spent, this proposal will give individual taxpayers (not corporations or any other non-human entity) more of a say in how their tax money is spent.  Basically with this proposal, when people file their income tax returns, the tax return form will have a column of different general...

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Moderator: This idea has been closed, as it explicitly says it is not intended for inclusion in the constitution.   I'll begin by saying that this proposal is too specific for a Constitution, and instead is a matter of specific policy for Parliament.  But I wanted to get this issue out there, as I am surprised nobody else mentioned this considering other specific policies have also been proposed. This proposal (as the title states) is for decriminalizing minor possession (weight of...

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The Constitution should have different sections within the document.  The Sections I can think of are as follows: +  The Preamble +  Government Powers/Limits of Government Powers +  Bill of Rights +  Miscellaneous Constitutional Amendments   Naturally, each section shall have sub-sections (such as powers of the Government, powers of the Parliament, powers of the Judiciary).  Perhaps a section on the Monarchy as well. By having different sections for different concepts, at least...

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"The Judiciary shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction of all controversies and issues in which Parliament has given it such authority.  Similarly, the Judiciary lacks jurisdiction for any controversy or issue in which Parliament has not given it such authority." This proposal generally specifies what power that the Judiciary has, and similarly specifies what power the Judiciary lacks.  The Constitution limits the powers of the Government and the Parliament, and similarly it should...

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"Parliament shall have exclusive authority to legislate and regulate on matters regarding the Monarchy".

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"The people shall have the general right of freedom of choice". This provision may either be listed on its own, or it can be combined with the proposal for freedom of speech;  expression;  and assembly.  (https://constitutionuk.com/post/81562).  Much like any other "right", it is not absolute.  For instance, there is no right to "choose" to commit burglary, larceny, etc...;  in other words, this "right" must be harmony with other legal rights of other people. Also, when people say...

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"Citizens who are affiliated with a political party shall have the right to vote in a primary election to choose the individual to run under the party label as a Member of Parliament".  The purpose of this proposal is for the people who have a specific party affiliation (not just party members) to have the right to choose the individual who can run for MP under the party name.  This takes the power out of the hands of the party leaders, and into the hands of the people.  Another key...

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"The capital city and seat of Government shall be London". This proposal writes into the Constitution the historical basis of London as capital.  This proposal is not inconsistent with the concept of devolution, as London can still be the capital while simultaneously devolving powers to the regions.

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"The Parliament shall have the power to enact and collect taxes". This proposal sounds obvious, but it is a power of Parliament that should be specified in the Constitution.

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“A jury in a criminal trial shall be instructed that it is empowered to issue a verdict of ‘not guilty’ despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged.”   With this concept, the jury “nullifies” a criminal statute that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the specific defendant whose fate and destiny is in their hands.    Here is a good example where this concept could be applied:  “Person A” comes home to find his spouse and children being...

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The Magna Carta of 1215 became a historical document in that it was the first document in England to preserve rights for certain people and to take away alleged "God-given" powers of the Monarch.  The spirit of this document went onto influence the American Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  Today, 800 years later, this document is still a mythical document by inspiring the creation of a UK Constitution.  Therefore, how appropriate would it be that instead of labeling the...

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This proposal may sound obvious, but nothing should be taken for granted.  Basically, when the Constitution is finalized, the government shall publish (and thereafter annually publish) the text of the Constitution ALONG WITH citations to supporting statutes, case law, principles, Royal Prerogative, Conventions, International Law, etc... that currently support each provision.  For any new principles that are not presently supported by any citation, then the publication should state that....

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An MP's sole source of income shall be from their job as MP.  An MP shall not have a second job, nor do independent work such as consulting, lobbying, etc...  This proposal is even more relevent today in light of the Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind incidents revealed recently.  The concern here is an MP "selling" or "renting" their influence to achieve a result that may not be available for another constituent who cannot pay their "fee". 

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  The “value” of political debate on the issues should be listed in the Preamble of the Constitution (as opposed to the Bill of Rights) as being encouraged, as opposed to the debaters avoiding the issues and instead resorting to personal attacks that take away from the issues themselves.  But even more dangerous to the concept of debating the issues is when one debater (Person A) triggers what I call the “nuclear option” or “debate suppression” against the other debater (Person B) which...

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There is an argument to make to give Judges a fixed term Probationary period (ex. 5 years) to determine how the Judge rules while on the bench before earning a life tenure as a Judge.  Just because someone excels as a lawyer does not equate to excelling as a Judge, thus to give an unproven person a life tenure as a Judge (up to a specified age) is not be wise policy.  Thus, (similar to the proposal on the "sunset clause" to legislation), Judges too shall have a probationary period before...

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At present, the UK has no official language, despite English being the primary language.  Wales has Welsh as its official language, but their is no official language in England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.  So the question is, should their be an official language(s) in the UK?  Switzerland has four official languages, should the UK also have multiple "official" languages? 

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History, culture, and heritage in the UK are not just an integral part of the UK, but also to the world,  From world class museums and historical sights to visit, to the mythical tales of Camelot, to the foundation of modern representative democracy, to the Beatles who captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation.  Additionally, they are an important part of the UK economy.  As such, Parliament shall be authorized to promote the history, heritage, and culture of the UK. 

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All too often, politicians lack any independent thought and only espouse the party manifesto.  By doing this, people tend to vote for a party-candidate as opposed to voting for the person based on their own individuals' credentials.  The consequence of this is that Westminster only has a small number of major parties, thus a small number of perspectives on the issues.  If anyone today runs as an independent candidate or as a small party candidate, they might be viewed by the public as being...

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There shall be a mechanism to amend the UK Constitution.  Some of the options of amending it include the following voting methods: 1.  Either 2/3, ¾, etc… of the UK population as a whole; or 2.  Either 2/3, ¾, etc… of each England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland; or 3.  Similar to #2 above, but it will also include multiple designated regions of    England (this way, London does not dominate the vote).   Being that amending a Constitution is more significant than a mere...

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The central theme of a UK Constitution should be "We the People", not "We the Corporations" nor "We the Labour Unions" nor "We the Bankers".  Moreover, it is only "We the People" who vote in elections, not "We the Corporations, Labour Unions, etc..."  Additionally, many global corporations barely pay taxes in the UK, despite earning huge profits in the UK.  As such, campaign funding should be limited to UK residents in their own individual capacity (and not in their capacity as President of...

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"The Government or any government agency may not seize private property for public use without just compensation." The term "just compensation" is no doubt vague, but it will up to the parties involved to determine what is "just compensation", and if an agreement cannot be reached, then the matter no doubt will be decided by the Judiciary.

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"No person shall be charged for the same offence more than once". This right may seem self-evident and seem unnecessary in the Constitution, but people can never take their rights for granted.  This is a mandatory restriction on government.     

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It is theoretically possible for Parliament to pass a bill to become law that includes multiple unrelated topics.  (For example, a defense bill could include spending on not just the military, but also roads, hospitals, schools, etc...).  This is a sly method of legislating by including items that individually may not have the legislative support to be enacted, but by grouping these items into one legislative bill, it will include a little something for multiple constituencies, which will...

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The pound has been the currency here (in one form or another) since the Anglo Saxon days.  The pound is part of the tradition here, and as such should be proclaimed as the official currency in the Constitution, so some future Government does not attempt to change the form of currency (such as the Euro).   While other European countries have given up their own historical currencies to the Euro, they also surrendered an aspect that makes them unique.  That shall not happen in the UK. 

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"No person shall be subject to an unreasonable search or seizure of their house, their person, or their effects". With this right, if a Court of law rules that a search or seizure was unreasonable (and thus illegal), then any evidence, contraband, etc... that is discovered from that "unreasonable search or seizure" shall be inadmissable as evidence in a criminal proceeding.  

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"Parliament shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of any religion".  The right to "freedom of religion" also may seem to be a self evident fundamental human right today, but it too cannot be taken for granted that future governments will respect that right.  Although there is no present reason to believe that that right won't be respected, unfortunately, English history and British history are full of examples in which someone practicing the "wrong" religion was persecuted....

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Although the right for "freedom of speech", "freedom of the press", and the right to "peaceful assembly" are self evident human rights, we cannot take it for granted that the government may not try to suppress these rights someday.  As such, these rights must be written into the UK Constitution.   "Parliament shall ensure that the people have the right to freedom of speech, and of the press, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble, except as prescribed by law and is absolutely...

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As mentioned in prior comments and some prior “ideas”, the Monarchy has a high approval rating and the portion of the people who want to eliminate it is approximately 20%, as such, the Monarchy shall remain as it is very popular.  That being said, regarding individuals who are lower in the Line of Succession and who have no realistic chance of becoming Monarch (absent a huge tragedy that eliminates multiple individuals who are higher in the Line of Succession), those people’s Royal Titles...

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This proposal is an addendum to a prior proposal of stripping British citizens of their citizenship when certain crimes are committed.  This present proposal adds language that:  “Parliament shall have exclusive authority regarding citizenship, immigration, and the naturalization process.  Parliament shall also have exclusive authority on stripping British citizens of their citizenship if certain crimes to be specified by Parliament are committed.” This addendum removes the detail as to...

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The UK Constitution shall have an Equal Protection Clause that guarantees that no law shall treat people unequally.  Obviously there will be some carved out exceptions in statutes, such as young children being legally forbidden from voting or driving, etc...   The UK Constitution shall also have a Due Process Clause, that ensures that no person shall be deprived "due process" of the law. Below I re-worded the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause as found in the 14th Amendment...

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Much like in the U.S. in which a Presidential candidate runs for Office with a Vice-Presidential candidate as a running mate, a candidate running for Prime Minister will choose a running mate during the election to be the Deputy Prime Minister (unlike the current Deputy Prime Minister).  The Deputy Prime Minister’s main duty is to be available in case of death or incapacity of the Prime Minister (amongst other duties as well, as determined by the sitting Prime Minister at any given time)....

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This provision also is controversial, so I am taking an unscientific informal poll of the LSE community on stripping British Citizenship of those committing mass capital crimes, and/or acts of terrorism resulting in loss of life, and/or committing high treason resulting in death of other persons.  Please give me thoughts on this topic, or any additional input you may provide.  “If a person is convicted by the Courts of having committed mass capital crimes, and/or acts of terrorism...

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This topic is controversial, but I would like to take an unscientific informal poll of the LSE community on the death penalty.  I would phrase the proposal as follows:  “Every person shall have the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  But if one person is found by the Courts to have taken the life of another person, then Parliament is authorized to enact laws taking away the Life, Liberty, and/or Pursuit of Happiness of the guilty person.”  This provision does not...

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Many laws seem to focus on the rights of accused criminals:  the right to fair trial, trial by jury, right to silence, etc…  Even Criminal Law class in Law School focuses on the rights of the accused.  This present proposal is not intended to take away from those rights, but rather to create Constitutional rights to the victims of crime (the people generally forgotten by the legal system).  As far as the legal system is concerned, the victim is a witness for the prosecution seeking a...

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In Parliamentary elections, the choice of candidates is sometimes less than optimal.  There is the incumbent, and then a group of challengers from various parties.  For those voters who are happy with the specific candidates running for office, then they can happily vote for their first option.  But for those voters who are not happy with the options, they can either vote for someone whom they do not particularly like, or, they can abstain from voting.  With this present Constituional...

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I would include langauge in the UK Constitution that integrity, ethics, and the removal of all actual and potential conflicts of interests is paramount for maintaining public confidence.  For instance, the Constitution shall include (but not be limited to): 1.  that Parliament shall pass rules regarding MP's revealing all of their and their immediate family members' financial and business interests;  and 2.  that MP's shall abstain from voting on legislation that effects such financial...

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In the U.S. Constitution, Article I references the Legislature, Article II references the Executive, and Article III references the Judiciary;  of significance is that each branch has equal but distinct powers, this way there is "checks and balances" on power.  What this means is that no branch can become more powerful than the other.  Similarly, the UK Constitution would specify that the Parliament and the Judicary are equal in power, and each "checks" the others powers. There shall be...

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The UK Constitution should proclaim that UK law shall supersede European law and/or ECHR Court rulings.  Once this is enacted, Parliament could either: 1)  repeal The European Communities Act 1972, thereby making European law unenforcable in the UK;  and/or repeal the European Convention on Human Rights;  or if that is not feasible or realistic 2)  the UK negotiate in all future European treaties and European laws that language be inserted in the actual text of said future treaties and...

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The word "supreme" means that it is superior to others. So the question is, is the UK Supreme Court actually the "Supreme" Court (with a capital "S") or a "supreme" court (with a small "s").  This is relevant because if the UK Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the law in the judicial system, then the Constitution must affirmatively state so in regards to European Courts (ECHR).  In other words, if the ECHR can overrule the UK Supreme Court's ruling, then the Constitution should...

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All of the words in any new law shall be written in "plain English" (as opposed to using Latin words or "old English" words). The laws are supposed to be the people's laws (not just for academics and lawyers).  By enacting a law in which all of the words are in "plain English", then the legal system becomes more user friendly, and hence more inclusive (as opposed to exclusive and elitist). And if the "sunset clause" proposal passes, then any old law that is re-vived must be amended to be...

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Any new law shall have a "sunset clause" in that it will expire after a speciifed period of time, without further action by Parliament.  Thus if a law is not favorable or not successful, Parliament would not use their time or resources to vacate the law, rather it will terminate on its own automatically.  Alternatively, if a future Parliament deems a law to be a good law, then it can be re-debated (and perhaps amended as well) and re-vive that law to a new specified term, before another...

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I would put in the Constitution a term limit for MPs (and perhaps other elected officials as well) to a maximum number of years/terms per elected position.  By doing so, we can eliminate career politicians AND maximize the public participation in the democratic process by having a higher turnover of politicians.    

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Because politicians tend to be out of touch with the average person with politicians having their own agenda, I would put in the Constitution a concept called "initiative and referendum", in which if a specified number of adult persons sign/e-sign a petition on an issue, then that issue is placed on the ballot for vote (most likely on Election Day).  If that public vote obtains a specified percent of the total vote, then that issue will become law. This is different from the current...

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A method to ensure that manifesto pledges are followed through and/or to ensure that politicians don’t make pledges they can’t follow through with is for the oath of Office to include an affirmation that the manifesto pledges were done "under penalty of perjury".  This will be more effective when there is not a coalition, because in a coalition the PM or MP’s can blame the coalition partner for a proposed bill not becoming law;  but when the PM has the majority party, they can’t blame anyone...

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Monarchy has been part of our history since 1066 (not too mention the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings before that).  Naturally the powers and duties of the Monarch have changed considerably between William I to Elizabeth II, as democracy has prevailed over the rule of one person.  Today, the Monarchy in its current form is mostly ceremonial (appoints Prime Minister, Head of Armed Forces, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, along with hosting foreign leaders),...

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