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Reform to the UK constitution hasn't gone far enough. Discuss (40m) The UK's constitution is uncodified, meaning it is not found in one single document and can thus constantly be modified and changed. It is this evolutionary aspect of our constitution that allows it to remain modern and representative of the electorate and public opinion. As a result, the constitution is rather "temporary", generally in a good way, and many reforms to it over the years have lead to greater liberties and an increased sense of democracy throughout the country. However there are still those who argue that constitutional reform in fact has not gone far enough, being both limited and "sugar-coated" to make it look more dramatic than it really is. This essay will explore both sides to the argument and come to a rounded judgemental conclusion on the issue. Probably the first point to make is that many people think that there is no real need for major constitutional change. ...read more.


Such decisions directly challenged the rule of parliamentary sovereignty, the corner stone of our current constitutional system, indicating that reform has actually been fairly dramatic. Other significant examples include the Human rights act of 1998, in which European convention was incorporated into the UK system, and the freedom of information act of 2000 which provided greater access to information held by public authorities. Electoral reform is another key aspect of change to the constitution system over the last few decades. The First past the post system of voting was the core system used in the UK, yet in recent years, especially in the devolved assemblies, newer systems such as that of proportional representation have been introduced, arguably increasing the democratic nature of elections in such areas. However there is still a significant argument claiming reform has not yet gone far enough, and there is still scope for further improvements. A Guardian poll reported that 76% of people were behind further constitution reform, with 75% of them even going as far as saying they wanted a fully codified constitution. ...read more.


Perhaps one of their major suggestions is that the voting age be reduced to 16 to make MP's more representative and increase voting turnout. Devolution, they argue, could also be taken further with even more powers decentralised to local authorities in a sort of US state system. In conclusion we can see that there have certainly been significant levels of reform in recent years, especially since Tony Blair, but there is still scope for more. As to weather reform has gone far enough, the issue is rather subjective and depends upon your personal view on the matter. A more conservative viewpoint would be that reform certainly has gone far enough, if not to far, while a more liberal opinion would be that there is practically a limitless amount of reforms a government could implement. In the future, possibly the most significant change to our constitution would come as a result of further involvement in the EU, with some speculating a united European superpower, with sovereignty over all of its member states constitutions. ...read more.

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