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We are too deferential towards religious belief and unquestioning of its place in society. It's time to tip the balance in favour of rationality and critical thinking. As I have mentioned in comments elsewhere, I think the constitution should be not just secular but openly sceptical, and (assuming prior disestablishment of the Church of England) instead of embracing religious pluralism it should limit itself to respecting the spiritual and intuitive aspects of human nature, as manifested...

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There is some discussion of Church and State in the Values topic, but I think the role of the Church of England should also be covered here. Modern Britain is religiously diverse, and the proportion of the population with no religious affiliation is at 25% and rising. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/detailed-characteristics-for-local-authorities-in-england-and-wales/sty-religion.html This being the case, why should any one religion have a privileged place within the...

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There really only needs to be one representative chamber, ie the House of Commons; the second chamber or "upper house" should be completely distinct from it in purpose and composition. A legislature of appointees, such as those proposed by samrich and martlet, could possibly work, but we already have at our disposal a self-selecting, self-perpetuating set of prospective delegates, ie the traditional peerage. I don't mean simply turning back the clock to the pre-1999, pre-reform House of...

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The question that needs addressing is, should the head of state have executive power? Under the current system, the monarch has little or no power and can in some ways be regarded as merely the personification of "the crown"—the symbol of ultimate authority. If this is the model we want to preserve in a new constitution, then there would be no point in changing to an elected head of state: elections to a position with no power to administer affairs of state would be little more than beauty...

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The role of the monarch is largely symbolic, and that appears to work pretty well. Governments and politicians come and go, but the monarchy provides continuity at the heart of national life. It doesn't matter if it's not "democratic" - why should it be? Nor does it matter that the role is hereditary - if there's a family willing to take it on, why not let them? In other words, our monarchy in its present format seems to deliver what we want from our head of state, so I see no pressing need...

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