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There is no heading specifically for this, but it is an important aspect. There is a rule that no Parliament may bind its successors. This means that if the constitution comes into being, which must be by Act of Parliament to make it law, then, unless special precautions are taken, any future Parliament will be free to amend or repeal it, starting with any provision to prevent it doing so. This is how the existing constitution stands (as any constitutional lawyer will confirm). The only...

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I cannot see the purpose of this "challenge". In the heading it asks "What should we include in our constitution?", but the answer has been pre-empted by setting the other "challenges". Most of the proposals shown here either belong under one of those other headings or are vague, waffly and ultimately meaningless (as some people have pointed out in relation to some of them).  This challenge should have preceded this stage and been settled as the means of deciding what the other headings...

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One of the biggest problems with local councils (at all levels) at present is that their finances, and therefore their freedom to decide what services to provide, are tightly controlled by central government. One result of this is that most people of ability find serving on their local council too frustrating, and electors see them as a waste of time so tend not to vote. To solve this councils must be freed to decide their own budgets - that will certainly wake up the voters, and enable...

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If a bill of rights is to have any value it must not be possible for it to be changed by either government or legislature, but only by a substantial majority of the population voting for the constitutional change in a referendum. That gives us a problem on implementation which I believe is unique to the UK. This arises because it is an established constitutional convention (very appropriate with no written constitution) that no Parliament may bind its successors, yet the constitution can...

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  Proposal: The rights set out in this constitution shall apply to all human persons from birth until death, but not to corporate bodies of any kind. If this provision is not included, then big corporations will claim all the same rights as people, whether appropriate or not, on the grounds that they are "persons", which for some, but not all, legal purposes they are. This argument is widely used in USA to distort the meaning of their constitution in their favour (e.g. the right to...

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Although we have a freedom of information act in place at present it is of limited effectiveness because there are too many loopholes which officials and sometimes politicians use to avoid or delay giving proper answers. Democracy without knowledge of what is being done in our name is meaningless. We need a more effective right to freedom of information at two levels, one for everyone, giving a general right to know what has been done or is being planned to be done by all bodies carrying...

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Although we have a freedom of information act in place at present it is of limited effectiveness because there are too many loopholes which officials and sometimes politicians use to avoid or delay giving proper answers. Democracy without knowledge of what is being done in our name is meaningless. We need a more effective right to freedom of information at two levels, one for everyone, giving a general right to know what has been done or is being planned to be done by all bodies carrying...

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In addition to the right to freedom which I have described in a previous proposal (General Right to Freedom), there are other basic rights of every person, regardless of status or financial means, which the government of the day should be required to ensure are met: Clean air Clean water in sufficient quantity for drinking, cooking and basic cleanliness Adequate wholesome food Shelter Sanitation Adequate protective clothing Basic health care & basic social care for the disabled Access...

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Proposal: Any person is free to do anything he or she wishes, with the following exceptions: (a) He or she must not significantly harm, or seriously risk causing harm to anyone else against that person's will. (b) He or she must not cause unnecessary suffering to any sentient being (c) He or she is a minor or by reason of mental incapacity is to have decisions taken on their behalf, and in their best interests (d) He or she is serving a sentence of imprisonment.   Various rights...

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The Single Transferable Vote system of election is undoubtedly the one most suited to increasing the power of the electors and of their representatives while giving a proportional system. Although the counting procedure is complex, the voting mechanism is simple and is used successfully in many places (e.g. Eire). The advantages of this system are: 1. It would ensure, to a much greater extent than any other system, that as many votes as possible actually made a difference to someone being...

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Most proposals and comments I have seen relating to who controls the government agree that the government and its paymasters the big corporations have too much power, and the people and their chosen representatives (MPs) too little. One of the steps needed to correct this is to reduce the power of political parties over the parliament. Any system of election which uses any kind of party list system will do the opposite, entrenching the position of the parties at the expense of individual...

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Introduction In addition to the main job of running the executive arm of government, there are two other very different functions to be performed by someone at the very pinnacle of the government system. One is the fairly frequent task of carrying out formal, ceremonial functions such as meeting other heads of state during state visits. This must, by convention and in terms of international etiquette, be carried out by the nominal Head of State. The other, much more rarely required but...

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Proposal: ' No one may be subject to any kind of punishment by any organ of government unless and until they have been found guilty in a properly constituted court of breaking the law' The bill of rights should include a provision that no one may be subject to any kind of punishment by any organ of government unless and until they have been found guilty in a properly constituted court of breaking the law. This would mean the end of various punishments and restrictions introduced by recent...

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I have written an account, with my views of each, of various vote counting systems in the attached file Counting the Votes.doc How can I now delete the first copy of that file? It contains a typo, I corrected it and uploaded again expecting it to over-write, but instead it changed the name by adding a "2" to the end.

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At present Parliament is controlled by the government, which determines what legislation will go through and with what relative priority. One of Parliament's two main jobs is supposed to be to hold the government to account, but it is totally unable to do that while government controls it. Several changes are needed to achieve this switch of control, but we have to recognise how it is currently achieved. 1. The government has powerful patronage, so MPs who don't tow the party line are...

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JimF

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Joined this community on Feb 9, 2015

Bio I have some experience as leader of a minority political group on both a county and borough council and twice as a Parliamentary candidate some years ago, so I have first hand knowledge of how both elections and local government work. I have been thinking seriously about constitutional issues for some years, and am currently writing a (huge, academic) book on politics which covers this as well as other matters. My professional career has always involved design and analysis of systems of different kinds (missile guidance and control systems, then computer systems, then accounting systems, with professional qualifications in all three areas).

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Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
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