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A Codified Constitution?

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Politics 'There is no convincing case for a written constitution in Britain' A constitution establishes the rules and principles that govern an organisation. Constitutions are found in many political organisations in government at several levels; in political parties, pressure groups and trade unions. A constitution distributes power within the political system and defines the limits and rights of the government and its citizens. It also defines the nature of citizenship and describes the sovereign territory governed by the constitution. Furthermore, a constitution should define relationships with external bodies and establish how the constitution itself can be amended. Britain's constitution is flexible, meaning policies can be altered via the law making process. This signifies more power for government as it is easier to change laws as they are seen as less fundamental. Our constitution is also unitary, meaning Parliament and Westminster make the laws for all of the UK. ...read more.


This is easier for citizens to understand as well as people in power, as there may be fewer loopholes and it will be easier to draw conclusions on future laws and policies. It is said that the most successful democracies base their institutions on a written constitution, so surely it would be a good idea to join them. However, the reason our constitution has not changed over the centuries, as many other counties constitutions have (e.g. America, Germany, etc), is that the UK has been so stable and worked well over these years of change. The governing leaders of many nations, such as France and Germany, have been forced to alter their constitution to a written one in response to popular revolt or war. It seems that existing arrangements have worked well in practice in the UK and has served Britain well for centuries. Because of this, many people have felt the system should not be tampered with and modified. ...read more.


Moreover, the separation of powers means that government cannot have too much power as the executive, legislature and judiciary do not allow one part to have too high a concentration of power. The judiciary watches over the separation of powers, thus halting an undue concentration of power in one of the three forms of power. Yet, although this stops the executive having too much power, it could be said that this gives the judiciary too much power, therefore proving a written constitution is needed. A written constitution could elucidate the respective powers of government and Parliament. Hence, boosting the ability of government to hold ministers accountable and increasing power of Parliament to scrutinise said ministers on behalf of UK citizens. In conclusion, although a written constitution would make things simpler to understand, an unwritten conclusion means it is easier to amend laws and policies in addition to the constitution itself and even though an unwritten constitution can prove too much power in one place, our constitution has never failed us so why would it be in need of repair? ?? ?? ?? ?? Leah Waterfield ...read more.

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