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After reading  degauntier's  thread on the limits of military activity, I think the issue of emergency powers of the executive should be painted with a broader brush, that is, a constitution should define the government's powers and circumscription of those powers during times of emergency, to prevent abuse or contravention of human rights. Generally, it must furthermore address the question of how independently a government, or even the head of state, may act in times of national security....

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In the hypothetical situation in which a new UK constitution redefines the role of the head of state... what to do with the Commonwealth? Would Britain, the founding member, remain?   The royals claim:   "Whichever form their constitution takes, member countries all recognise The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth."   From a constitutional standpoint, the Queen also holds executive authority, formalised in their own constitutions, in many countries outside the UK.    While it should remain...

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The first question must be:  with whom should sovereignty of the nation and its people lie? With a hereditary system of government with unratified (and expensive) prerogatives? With a head of state and its progeny, whose immutable rulership is one based on nepotism, sexism, racism, and a history of bloody conquest; whose leadership isn't awarded on merit but on the birth canal from which one emerges into the world, and whose reign may subsist even in the event of senility? With a...

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Ramon James

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 18, 2015

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Postgraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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