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There are occasional calls for a Constitutiional Convention in the USA and one legislative effort currently underway. My concern is, given the state of understanding of the role of The Bill of Rights, is that the most likely outcome of convening a Constitutional Convention in the USA today would be repeal of the Bill of Rights, aka the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Demographic changes may make more favorable outcomes possible within a decade. But that is a hope.

My fear is that just such a destructive dynamic might play out in the UK or England over the next few years. The need is real, but, IMO, an attempt to formalize the British Constitution could be counter-productive.

There may be scope for some fairly obvious changes. One might be a change in the First Past the Post system. Another might be a fix for the problems in the Fixed Term Parliament Act, specifying a comprehensive list of options in the event of loss of confidence by the government. A third could be a codification of the requirements for referenda, including judicial review prior to approval of submission of a referendum to the people. These changes, together, could provide the stability needed to produce a written constitution - an another ten years.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:19:31 PM EST
IN another ten years.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:20:21 PM EST
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The "Bill of Rights" (1-10) are amendments to Articles of the US Constitution.

The Articles (1-7) construct rudimentary, basic, US republican governments, federal and state. The Articles distribute political authorities ("powers") between the divisions of government specified  by the US Constitution ("separation of powers").

Amendments 1-10 specify civil rights of ("all", "any" ) one person present in and persons incorporated (a "state", an "assembly") by jurisdiction of the US Constitution. Those rights protect (provide for legal defenses) against particularly harmful exercise of constitutional authorities by government officers and agents.

Amendments 11-27 made by the US Congress after 1789 further specify civil rights and government prohibitions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:57:47 PM EST
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Amendments 11-27 made by the US Congress after 1789 further specify civil rights and government prohibitions.

The 18th?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 08:23:55 PM EST
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Repealed by Congress.

Which principle(s) of US Constitution did it violate?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 08:36:12 PM EST
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Hint: inspect 10th amendment

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 05:29:44 PM EST
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