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Aside from the leaders of the three main parties, the role of speaker is possibly the most important of all. Significantly, the speaker has huge influence on how the business of parliament proceeds.  A suggestion therefore: the speaker of the Commons should be directly elected. Nominations would be made at the dissolution of the previous parliament, with nominated candidates included on all ballot papers nationally in a separate speaker section. 

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Phase 2 final wording: There shall be no circumstances in which the Constitution or any part of it shall be permitted to be suspended or revoked by any party, except in accordance with the procedure for amending the Constitution.  -------------------- A pretty straightforward one really, touched upon elsewhere in a comment. There shall be no circumstances in which the constitution or any part of it shall be permitted to be suspended or revoked by any party (government, judiciary...

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Phase 2 final version: Every citizen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the right to learn how to speak, read, and write the English language. It shall be the responsibility of Parliament to ensure that programmes exist which serve to assist in this goal. I think this is clear enough that it is a right not an expectation on any individual. However, if the constitution were to have interpretation guidance written alongside, it should probably make clear that this provision...

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(To steal from an idea implied at least by IanSmith1) In a constitutional republic, honours celebrating the British Empire or other chivalric orders will be an inappropriate anachronism. On the other hand, having some way of honouring people for their contribution to British life would seem to be a good idea, so: Order of the British Empire to be replaced with something like 'Legion of Service in British Life'. Other orders to be similarly renamed.  Grades to be renamed, with...

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Edit: Phase 2 final wording The Military i) The state shall be permitted to recruit, train and deploy military forces in accordance with the following principles. There shall be no private militias. ii) No person shall be compelled to join a military force. Persons under the age of 18 shall not be permitted to join a military force. iii) There shall be no deployment of military forces on British territory, except: in the interests of the defence of a territory against ongoing...

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(To borrow again from German Basic Law)  Proposition: That political parties are essential to the functioning of a healthy democracy, and that they are recognised and protected as such. This includes recognition for practices such as whipping* (requiring representatives to vote along the party line) necessary for their effective functioning. For the purposes of the Constitution, for a party to have that specific constitutional protection it shall have to meet criteria including minimum...

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London - too South, too big, too remote from the lives of ordinary Britons.  London always has been and will be our capital city. It generates wealth very effectively, but it also drains resources and human capital from the regions and nations of the UK. Second, our current houses of parliament are in parlous state physically, and it's hard to see how an ancient palace can ever be made git for purpose.  Relocation of the seat of Government to a purpose built complex away from London...

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Edit: final phase 2 wording: Extraordinary Courts i) Extraordinary courts shall not be allowed. Except for extradition to another jurisdiction in accordance with the law and this Constitution, no person may be removed from the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom or the relevant senior courts of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. ii) Courts for particular fields of law may be established only by a law. -------------- Grabbing an idea from...

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Edit: final phase 2 wording: General responsibilities of a citizen All adult citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland shall have the following general responsibilities under the Constitution: -       To uphold the values of the Constitution. -       To have regard to the rights of others enshrined within the Constitution. -       Adhere to the law of the land. ----------------- Well the theme is rights and duties!  Basically, in addition...

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(Edited title to correct obvious mistake - should have been European Court of Human Rights, rather than European Court of Justice)  National governments cannot and should not be the ultimate arbiters of what is or is not lawful behaviour. Citizens should always have ultimate access to an international body, to prevent the tyranny of the majority from infringing those rights.  The  jurisdiction would be constrained to two areas: 1) legal determination on the consistency between laws or...

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Since it hasn't yet been proposed!  Voting in UK General Elections should be compulsory for all adult citizens, except for people with specifically granted exceptions: Those with a conscientious objection to voting on religious or moral grounds (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses).  Those without the capacity to make an informed, personal decision on how to vote (essentially, this would permit  non voting by people e.g. with advanced dementia or severe learning difficulties, but not forbid...

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Transitional, tapered funding to develop existing smaller parties. In a proportional system, there needs to be a range of coalition building options, which requires more than our current three national parties. To support transition to a proportional system, we should have ten years of transitional funding to support the development of smaller parties. This would comprise: Funding for infrastructures - contact databases, party governance, training in political organising, etc Funding...

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Daniel Gaunt

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Joined this community on Feb 18, 2015

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