Oh goody, the Fabian’s have come with an 11-point plan for a new definition of ‘Britishness’ (yawn), let’s see what they have to say
Write down the constitution
While we now have a Human Rights Act, the lack of public debate over its introduction means that it is not embedded in our political system. The lesson should be that the public process by which we renew our political system and create a homegrown Bill of Rights will be as important as the outcome. If it is to renew our democracy, further constitutional changes must arise not from a committee of the great and good but after a “great national debate” involving the largest public deliberative gatherings ever conducted: what rights and responsibilities should we have? What role should religion play in a society of many faiths and none? Should more power be held locally? Is the electoral system fair? Could voting be considered a duty of all citizens? This could then lead to a British constitutional convention.
Ok, we’re actually off to a pretty good start. A written constitution, a proper bill of rights and a ‘great national debate’ – yeah I can go for that.
Except, what all this about “the role of religion in a society of may faiths and none