Thursday, May 13, 2010

How does our constitution protect us ?

This question comes to mind since there's been a sudden run on changing the rules of the game going on.

From Labour offer of immediate legislation on AV when they were courting the Lib Dems ( or at least that what it sounded like ).

To the new system for the house of Lords and the proposed change in parliament being able to vote itself out by calling for a disillusion.

What worries here is that the rules of the game are becoming fluid, and that our constitution doesn't really protect us from arbitrary changes to give advantage to one party or another,

Which may seem fine when your in power, but means you have no protection when your not.

It seems to me that we need a more formalised approach to these changes, over and above just being in power when you want to make them.

Time for a written constitution agreed between all parties ?

2 comments:

John R said...

Definitely time for a written constitution.

Unfortunately instead of starting with something like "We the people..." and being there to limit government to prevent it dominating the citizens it would begin with something like "His Majesty the King of the Belgians..." and be there to detail those few prescribed areas where the citizen was permitted to act.

I know which approach I'd prefer.

James Higham said...

We need some Founding Fathers.