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Suggested draft clause for the constitution (drawn from the thread below, many thanks): " the Government must endeavour to manage the [UK] economy in such a way as to promote sustainable economic activity and use of resources for the benefit of the current and future generations and report to Parliament twice yearly how it is meeting this target." Reasoning: The UK has a huge national debt, spending billions every year on interest servicing this debt. We also have very...

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if you are wondering how to approach whether to argue for or vote on a right, this approach may help: - the acid test for elevating something to a constitutional right is that it is something we take for granted and cherish  - because of that's the case it's probably too important to be left to the government of the day  (We are obviously concerned with serious day to day concepts rather than our local corner shops, Christmas etc.   But we may want a minimum number of bank holidays...

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The constitution should mandate the regulation of the supply of money in the UK. Currently money (cash) is minted and supplied through the Bank of England which lends to private banks and therefore ultimately sets interest rates and influences the rate of inflation. it is right that this activity is regulated by the state. (This does not prevent the Bank of England setting interest rates independantlly of the Government: it just requires that the Bank of England be regulated)  

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Suggested draft clause for the constitution: 'It is the responsibility of the state to regulate the financial markets and supply of financial services with the objective of ensuring the stability of markets and the protection of investors in financial services' Idea behind the draft clause: The reasons why the constitution should mandate that the state must regulate financial services are: - we have learned through history that the markets in financial services do not offer...

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I suggest a preamble along the following lines... All UK nationals, residents and visitors to the UK to: - respect the UK's constitution; - respect the values enshrined in the constitution; - respect the principles of democratic government enshrined in the constitution; - respect the rights and duties of others under the constitution; - carry out any protests against the constitution and its values and enshrined rights and duties in a peaceful manner

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The UK could: - Have a new elected or fairly appointed head of state to act as the guardian of our constitution, meet and greet foreign heads of state, to sign treaties and so on; and - Simultaneously create a new purely ceremonial role for the monarchy devoid of all political power and influence, prerogatives and immunity from the law of the land, tasked with responsibilities such as charity work (If you have followed my ideas, you will have seen I favour abolition of the monarchy...

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I have found the debates on the nature of rights in this project to be fascinating. They have focused debates on a number of distinctions: 1. Individual v Social Rights. 2. Actionable rights v those which we hope others will respect 3. Absolute rights v qualified rights As I have tried to make clear, whilst I find the philosophical arguments intriguing and a necessary mechanism for testing rights, the philosophical arguments will not usually be conclusive. I say that because, we...

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Wherever possible allegations and claims made in elections must be evidence based, giving the sources for those propositions. They should not be guesses

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Suggested clause for constitution: 'Members of Parliament must carry out their duties in a manner which is honest and trustworthy'   Idea behind the draft clause: Tiime and time again the public ask for honesty and trustwirthiness from politicians and over and over politicians let us down.  The constitution should state that these are core qualities and that all members of Parliament must carry out their duties in s manner which is honest and trustworthy.

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Suggested clause for constitution: 'Members of the Government must carry out their duties in a manner which is honest and trustworthy'   Idea behind the draft clause: Time and time again the public ask for honesty and trustworthiness from politicians and over and over politicians let us down.  The constitution should state that these are core qualities and that all members of the government must carry out their duties in s manner which is honest and trustworthy.

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Ian Smith

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 19, 2015

Bio My father was a factory worker and my mother an immigrant from Italy. I was lucky to have gone to university at a time of free education. I work as a barrister.

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Undergraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
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