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The constitution should require individuals or corporations responsible for pollution to pay to clean it up.  

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To make it easier for people to vote on this idea, I've copied the clauses to be written into the constitution from the comment section below (but I'll continue to edit them as new comments are added): 1. Political parties and any individual standing for election may only receive donations from named individual British citizens resident in the UK. No individual donation may exceed £100 or the value of one day's work at the national average wage (whichever is the greater) in any one year....

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The State must provide for the rehabilitation of anyone sent to prison to prepare  for their stable return to free society.  

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A requirement for media companies (newspaper publishers, TV stations etc) to be majority controlled by British citizens tax-resident in the UK should be written into the constitution.  

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1. Regions and other lower levels of government should have the right to raise taxes to pay for the services that they provide. 2. In respect of services that the state is required to provide by statute:   - funding should follow services so that whatever level of government is responsible for a given service has a right to obtaining funding for it from taxes raised centrally by the state   - statutory services should be funded to an equal minimum standard wherever in Britain and by...

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  The constitution should be established by:   - the passing of an Act of Parliament providing for the establishment of the constitution subject to the approval of voters; and,   - a simple majority vote in favour in a referendum. The constitution should be subject to amendment and should set out the procedure for making such a change. The following should be entitled to proposed an amendment:   - a simple majority in each of the two houses of the national parliament;   -...

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Suggested clause for Sovereignty and international relations: 1. This constitution affirms as its founding principle that sovereignty belongs to the people of Britain not to the Monarchy or to Parliament. 2. The people of the United Kingdom recognise that there are many advantages to working together with the peoples of nations across the world. To this end, sovereign powers may be delegated to international organisations for the purposes of trade, mutual defence or other mutual...

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Between 1832 and 1928, Britain modernised its political system by a series of Reform Acts. This incremental approach worked well and is part of the reason why Britain escaped the traumatic revolutions by which the cause of liberal democracy was advanced in most Continental European countries.   I’d like to suggest that we adopt a minimalist approach to drafting a written constitution that would draw on this pragmatic, peculiarly British tradition of political reform.   There’s...

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The public interest should be recognised in the Constitution as a legitimate defence for those who break the law in non-violent ways - whistleblowers and environmental activists for example - in pursuit of what they consider and the court recognises to be the public good.

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Peaceful political protest is recognised as the right of every citizen and as a legitimate part of the democratic process. The state at every level is required to facilitate such protest. The right to protest may be exercised in any public place or in any private space generally open to the public and serving a similar purpose to that of a public street or square during the time when the  space is usually open to the public....

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  The component nations of Britain should have the right to leave the Union and to choose for themselves whether or not they wished, as independent states, to remain part of the international organisations, notably the EU, of which Britain was a member.   The constitution should specify the circumstances in which a vote might be called (? a petition signed by 30% of voters) and the majority required to change the status quo (?two thirds).  

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  "In fulfillment of the principle that the sole legitimate source of political power is the people, all levels of government are required to respect the principle of subsidiarity. The lowest level of government (including local and parish councils) reasonably capable of exercising any given responsibility should be entitled to do so if that is the clearly expressed choice of its voters." This clause is derived from the original idea below and from the comments made in the second phase....

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  Very few of the questions that we have to answer in drafting a constitution are new, but here’s one that is.   In the C21st, technology is making it possible to change what it means to be human.   Recently, there’s been a controversy about creating embryos with three parents – two mothers and a father. The 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act allowed researchers to create hybrid human-animal embryos provided that they were destroyed within fourteen days of conception....

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  1. No corporation or private business entity may give money or support whether directly or indirectly to any political party or to any individual seeking election to public office. [Note: the viability of this clause depends on the constitution providing for the taxpayer funding of political parties and elections - see Taxpayer funding of elections at https://constitutionuk.com/post/98906] 2. Every elected Parliament, assembly or council and every civil service department must keep a...

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If the ultimate origin of power and political legitimacy lies in the hands of voters – see my post: ‘Power to the People’ under the Values topic heading – then voters ought to be able to decide which level of government exercises any given responsibility on their behalf.   Some responsibilities – most obviously defence – should be the constitutional monopoly of national governments (remember the Wars of the Roses?). Other responsibilities – such as social housing, schools or care of...

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I’ve only just joined this project, so I’ve been trying to catch up. But reading the posts on Devolution, my impression is that the debate’s already so polarised that it’s effectively blocked.   On the one hand, there are those who believe in “English votes for English laws” and, on the other, there are those who think that if the Scots and the Welsh have what are in effect regional assemblies, people in England should have them too.   My guess is that the polarisation among...

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Power to the People Born of the ancient traditions of these islands or drawn here from around the globe; followers of every faith both religious and secular; diverse in culture and habit, the people of Britain have come together to affirm in this constitution the principles by which we wish to order our government and to set out for the benefit of every citizen the rules which are the basis of our life together. 1. This constitution affirms as its founding principle that the people are...

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Alastair Bruton

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 19, 2015

Bio I first became interested in constitutional reform as a political journalist in the 1990s, and after reporting from all over Europe, I wrote a book about the changing political structure of EU member-states - A Revolution in Progress, Little,Brown, 1996 - that focused on the redistribution of power up to Brussels and down to regional and city governments.

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Undergraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
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