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Should a proposed constitution attempt to define the spending of money provided by citizens and taxes raised withn such taxation methods as corporation Tax on businesses. The coalition government did introduce the Office for Budgetary Responsabilty to its credit which enhances advice to the executive, Parilamevery at the very least, the OBR bases its forecasts based upon executive set targets. Added to that, what would be the role of the Bank of England and its relationship with world...

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Just watching various media, what seems strange itt that all parties are struggling  to delver coalition ? How might this 'seeming impasse'  might need to be carefully considered withn any proposed constitution? How would C&S work with relations with the EU, NATO, the UN, etc??? 

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Just watchng the debate relating to house procedural mtin, manufactured by an out going coalition government! Quite simply, what is the role of the speaker withn the a proposed constitutiIon. As an aside, I have seen a sense of 'passion' from all sides .... Why has it taken so long to see the sense of reality in terms of Parliament trying to it outliine its 'procedure' but more importantly 'practice' . Astonishing! And now, one moves on to a 'manufactured' debate between two party leaders...

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We live in a country with a variety of voting systems and methods of calculating! At the core, shouldn't one single system be adopted to include local, devolved, national and European elections? At the very least, if citizens 'understand' the voting system which is consistent, perhaps more of us might get out and exercise our democratic rights? 

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Democracy needs to involve as many citizens who are registered as citizens as possible with the 'hope' that all citizens, whether they agree or disagree with the overall decision(s) made by elected representatives are 'seen' to be democratic. As noted in the very inciteful latest 'stream' via LSE, the discourse that we all need to have is about 'Involvement'.  The ballot box ... Based upon which system? The 'empowerment' of the proposed constitution ... By whom and when? Basic law and...

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It seems that in 2015 we are moving towards another parliament which will be decided by 'negotianton' between parties that one might have voted for. Pragmatically, one must accept the government as established ... By broad or narrow coalition to enable viable government.   However, what happens in relation to Constitutional amendments under a coalition? What might be the mechanisms for the constitution to encompass political difficulties between any parties with in a governing coalition? 

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Just reviewing many posts, is any mechanism should or be enshrined within the proposed constitution for revision? I have posted upon this before but the enshrinement within a separate of constitutional law  of mechanisms to stimulate discussion with relation to proposed amendments This is a very simple question. Who decides the mechanism? ... Supreme Court?, Constitutional Court?, regional assemblies etc.? Confused . Com? 

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Having reviewed some of these posts, these three words seem to shine through. Human dignity for me is an absolute. There should be very explicit references to the rights of all from cradle to grave in terms of how actually the constitution guarantees the right to dignity but reference must be made. Respect flows from dignity. The constitution should embody that that all participants, including government, citizens public and authorities should be bound within a 'culture' of respect within...

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We are now in a period of increasing 'pressure' re the coming election. By pressure, I mean the continuous aspects of reporting and re-reporting opinion  polling information. The electorate might be being fed with an ever increasing 'overload' of one poll versus another ... Poll tracking information ... 'Poll of polls'. Might not the British people be allowed to step back, draw breath and look more closely at what exactly they are voting about, regardless of a necessarily defined party or...

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Having watched Home Affairs Select Commitee 3.3.15, Keith Vaz MP chair, I was struck by a number of issues. In brief, the committee was receiving evidence from Paul Gamberchini and his legal counsel. What struck me was the extent to which the police had, based upon pre-trial bail, had 'enacted a relationship with the media? Therefore, the media then became the 'conduit' for information relating to allegations which were subsequently found be without evidence and upon from the CPS, the case...

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We have access to BBC parliament although 'live access' is relatively restricted and 'partioned' to give a 'fair' representation of proceedings seemingly centres upon the strange proceeding relating to PM Q's.  At the very least, we can actually see the deliberations. Might not a way forward be that citizens might 'see' and be able to comment in real time in relation to local government? Increased use of information and communications technologies might feel that citizens have a more...

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To be frank, I am getting rather confused about sovreignity. To be honest, some would havw the opinin that we have some  'granted' sovreignity, to others, 'surrendered' !  How would a popular referendum question or questions encompass a more settled view of relationships with the EU? Perhaps, whilst, indicating via the various media forms of access to the voters, maybe it should be indicated clearly that the vote on the constitution is about Britain only. The necessity of 'building!'...

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Reading and looking about information regarding the Magna Carta, might a more selective interptretation of this great and wonderful document be added to the proposed constitution? This wonderful document arose out of a mis-understanding of the relationship of power, rights and property. It was a document conceived within a different social context but is often quoted as the 'initial' definition of 'democracy'. That is highly contentious! Used by the founding fathers of the US etc. even...

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Hypothetically, if the citizens voted in whatever manner, either via Parliament(which I think is unlikely) or via a referendum, after the eventual removal of the monarchical institution, what exactly does the nation 'do' with the institution? Whether rightly or wrongly, time and evolution has  been invested in this institution and there would need have to be a 'dis-entanglement' of notional powers. A simple yes/no might cause a period, or even an extended period of Constitutional...

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A puzzling notion!!! Who enacts the process of an amendment to a written constitution? A 'top down' or an upswelling' ? If constitution is to be 'owned' by the citizens, surely the latter applies? But are citizens always in the best place to suggest amendments?  Maybe, as suggested before, a regular 'refreshment' of the constitution perhaps every 5 or 10 years in which citizens are either urgently advised to participate. Or perhaps more radically, the association between the 10 year census...

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I have a feeling but I wish push the limits. Maybe it should be in Parliament's remit to ratify the appointments but not based upon a simple party majority or coalition. Might not a cutoff point say two thirds of ALL MP's would have to vote for the candidate before final ratification?  And ... Might the citizens choose between the party leaders during the general voting system who they feel might represent them? This might be attached to the general ballot and might act as a powerful guide...

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PS ... Put in section under title but popularising the 'curriculum' .this is the original post. GavinRuss says... 4 hours ago PS ... Sorry all . For 'curriculum' read constitution' but thinking about it and speaking from personal experience, the introduction of the National Curriculum as enacted as under the Educatin Reform Act, 1988 was not extensively consulted upon and then changed and changed and changed again. The casualities were the children and their parents and the...

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Posted by  GavinRuss  () 4 hours ago Posted in Parliament: Popularising the curriculum   Whilst I agree very much with John from Jersey in terms of the open publication, any written constitution would need widespread publicity in terms as to how individual citizens to access knowledge but more importantaway what the quality of the information receive and how they can sense that they are subject to but can alter or amend the constitutinon .. In an increasingly technological age, is there...

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Whilst I agree very much with John from Jersey in terms of the open publication, any written constitution would need widespread publicity in terms as to how individual citizens to access knowledge but more importantaway what the quality of the information receive and how they can sense that they are subject to but can alter or amend the constitutinon .. In an increasingly technological age, is there not some method to enable citizens to engage? Perhaps, a vote re the constitution held during...

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Any proposed consituituion must contain core values relating to British citizens but must define 'accurately' the various divisions of governance within this country. It seems that all too often, there is constitutional and judicial confusion as to who does what to who? This 'confusion' would be a major of the compilers of the constitution ? 

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Just posted back to Ian1 who got me thinking. How is 'local' to be defined within the constitution? Perhaps voting for 'local' candidates who do not espouse party allegiance might nearly effect change within their local area. So often, it seems that 'local' authority candidates trumpet forth about what they are are doing and then have to link this to the 'national' priorities. Therefore, maybe be local candidates should be local, resident and more widely available! Another thought, mabye the...

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Firstly, ideally all citizens must submit to the constitution from its inception. This must include the monarchy, the executive, parliament, devolved administrations, local government, the judiciary, the police, HMRC, .... And lastly but certainly not 'least' the individual citizen.  As to issues relating to individual party manifestos, maybe the idea of a more 'defined' constitution might give cause for thought as to the compilation declared manifestos as the politicians would have...

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Issues relating to constitutional matters should be decided by a dedicated court, not appointed by Parliament and rooted only in the interests of citizens. However, the initial composition would be difficult to decide. Perhaps, during an election general or local, the candidate might express a wish to be a member of the constitutional court? This might be easier under a FPTP system but with proportionality, this might be more difficult for the voters to judge. I would strongly urge that any...

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I have posted previously re this! It may be that we will not be able to future proof that language of a written constitutinon. The vast increase of the sheer availability of 'people's language' might make it near impossible to accurately define for future generations what exactly 'we' meant in terms of the language or variety of languages that would describe the 'exact' meaning of the writing. Social media does exactly what it says it does right now. 'We' can say what we like to other...

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  The relationship between Parliament and government or vice versa is difficult to assess even within a settled written constitution. Who proposes relevent amendments? And on what basis? Does Parliament propose to the government! Would Parliiament propose ...Would   the government propose? In terms of accountability, would some definite relationship which respects proposed powers  in relationships. Is this to be a 'loose' relationship or would there be defined rights and/or...

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Having followed several threads, I am slightly disturbed about how exactly 'we the people' enable 'words to be written'. These words are so important and must embody some settled consensus upon a form of language(s) that accurately reflect the form of language that best reflects at the composition and may be robust enough to stand some test of time. Therefore in terms of 'rights' these may need to be particularly defined but who exactly would moderate. Is it the spirit or the exact meaning...

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The role of the monarch which was re-established in the 17th century whilst acting as some sort of 'guarantee' in relation to the 'unwritten' constitutinon has provided stability in terlaw the judiciary and other aspects of British life.  However, it has also facililitated a class based oe even 'ridden' society where citizens are 'subjects' . I am subject to the laws of the/these countries that constitute Britain. Apparently, the monarchy acts as the final 'guarantor' our 'constitution' ....

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Just came across this on Guaridian Online! Might not a more 'ergonomic' view organisation/devolved authorities etc. mean that the consumer I.e. the citizen, can request services as required? Is this a constitutional requirement!  http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/feb/12/uk-voters-cut-public-services-amazon-spotify-uber

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Great Britain or Britian needs some adjustment in terms of how various groups within this country feel about this 'united kingdom' . Devolution has presented problems in relation to devolved powers and the confusion caused by partial devolution of powers that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland have and are experiencing.  I would stress that 'confederation' stresses union , created by treaty, dealing with issues relating to the 'commonwealth' of all members...

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Certain laws relating to defence, foreign relationships, fiscal management and fiscal accountability should remain established in some form within a writ ten constitutiIon.  This does in no way imply a withdrawal from the EU. Rather it should be at the heart of a potential constitution that individual members do have individually decided rights but also have responsibilities with regard to e.g. The European convention n Human Rights. That legislation, however defective on times, should be...

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Gavin Russ

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 7, 2015

Bio Born 11.9.60. Bought up in Cardiff, Wales. Educated at St. Illtyd's College, Cardiff, the University of Durham where I completed a degree in music, the University of Manchester where I completed a post graduate certification in Education. Worked n three schools and ended career as a Headteacher of a junior school in Barry.

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