"I'm strongly in favour of a written constitution for a republican Britain (actually, it should probably be a federal constitution if Wales, Scotland and NI want to stay in - the UK itself is part of the problem)... the devil is in the detail. And I think that these days New Labour is even more than the Tories an enemy not only of the Human Rights Act and ECHR, but of historical civil liberties - very ironical since the draft of the ECHR in 1950, and therefore of the HRA which reproduces it, was thoroughly minimalist at the behest of the UK." Bill Bowring, Professor of Human Rights and International Law
e the undersigned believe that the existing system of government fails to represent the interests of the vast majority of people and is democratic in name only. Instead, the state’s primary purpose is to promote business interests at the expense of ordinary working people.
Under these conditions, our hard-won right to vote is undermined and the mass of people are effectively disenfranchised. As the global financial and economic disaster deepens, we refuse to pay for the crisis of capitalism through mass unemployment, repossession of homes, loss of pensions, tax and price rises and cuts in spending on vital services.
e therefore support the campaign for a republican Britain based on a written constitution that would:
end the rule of political elites and bureaucracies and instead create new local, regional and national Assemblies, representing diverse communities and workplaces
extend democracy through co-operative forms of ownership and workplace control of major corporations, enterprises and services
establish social rights to housing, education, health, transport, training, employment, pensions and care in older age
guarantee basic human rights to organise, strike, speak and act free from state surveillance and interference
safeguard the civil and religious rights of minority communities and adopt a “no borders” approach to refugees and asylum seekers
eliminate speculation and profit as the basis for society, ensuring that both ecological care and basic human needs shape production, consumption and lifestyles.
e will initiate, encourage and support all actions such as campaigns to stop repossessions, occupations of threatened workplaces and the rejection of higher fuel and transport charges.
To this end, we will work to establish local and national Conventions for Democracy to build support for the transfer of political and economic power to the majority.
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The following from Uganda have signed: Joseph Balikuddembe; Hilde Ahumuza; Derick Kwesiga; Kennedy Tukwasiibwe; Daisy Kusiima; Lilian Tushemereirwe; Jackson Mugisha; Andrew Kabemo
Well, it is the way to be going isn't it? Having a constitution that people are able to act on and alter should get people's attention. Our Dormant political companions! Alan
Is a written constitution really going to help democracy, community, or sanity that much? After all, it's America that's famous for having one... (power and bad politics can always twist anything into worse than nothing...) enough said?! Bethany
Big things can change, eg. slavery was abolished Angelica
Things need to change David
The anti-union laws have had a big effect on disputes, and I remember the USEC used to make a lot of that. But my experience over last ten years makes me think people's lack of (easy) access to revolutionary ideas has been far more important in maintaining capitalism, and in preventing the coalescence of a working class party. Phil
We are in the ENRON stage of capitalism. Megan
Everything is about money & so much choice as to whose pocket we put our money into, but no choice where it counts i.e. where our taxes go, having a true voice that is heard by this sham government of ours. Our rights are being eroded daily on a UK & world level. A climate of fear is being engendered as this very conveniently allows government to remove more of our rights under the guise of our protection. The only thing really being protected is big business, the power of the multi national etc. This is the kind of material I rap about in performance. Heather
Rights and constitutions are vital symbols, especially in the current political climate - but in the end the value of rights is practical. It's practically that ground is won, and livelihoods are saved. The erosion of rights isn't uncontested - but we need to turn localised resentments and anxieties into a concerted, purposeful response to it. This means challenging capitalism, sure - but also challenging the more 'petty'-seeming ways in which managerial culture, commodification, and instrumental rationality have colonised everything from education to healthcare to the treatment of asylum seekers. That's the link between tuition fees, foundation hospitals and the abhorrent, unchallenged political culture around immigration and asylum in this country. GC
I am deeply concerned about the gradual (and, it seems, uncontested) erosion of our civil rights, particularly the right to peaceful protest (for instance, the SOCPA section 132 laws criminalising protest near Parliament and the increasing police presence during marches & demonstrations) & our right to privacy, now under threat from surveillance of e-mail & telephone communications, as well as the mushrooming of CCTV cameras in our towns & cities. The breakdown of the welfare state and health system, to be replaced by private companies whose main ethos is profit-making rather than care and welfare is also a disturbing feature of the UK today, as is the increasing 'us & them' viewpoint in political discussions recently, marginalising the young, the poor and/or the immigrant/non-white community. MLC
I support this!
No One Is Illegal, UK
I think that we are daily being suppressed, Our views are totally disregarded, The government and politicians are vastly overpaid and will do anything to keep their fatcat salaries to the detriment of the whole country, they are a complete farce. AB
I read the last update from AWTW, can't believe that Straw was sacked he wasn't really a soft liner but that can't be a good sign compared with Iran! Here I can't say if it's worst or not but Chirac's end of reign is just far too long & painful for many!!!!! The Clearstream affair smears so many politicians the prime minister the most & still he stays in control!!!
That in itself advocates for action, indeed it demonstrates how corrupted even a so called democratic system can end up, democracy is in danger & real crisis & that should open many people's eyes...(At least before the world cup)! Democracy can't be just a matter of technological improvement it needs it has to be social too! Revolution can't be just technical it has to be social too! No violence of course but united as much as possible!
Bravo for the campaign for a written constitution that would make a real change!!!! Such a campaign is revolutionary in itself I guess... Loic (France)
Yes something must be done.Oherwise we shall start paying for the air we breathe Lillian
We live in a unified world, where technology offers opportunities to give everyone what they need to live a decent life. What prevents us from achieving this next stage in human social development is the global capitalist system of exploitation for private profit, which uses technology for the opposite outcome - starvation, disease and the destruction of the environment. Our government and other governments exist only to prop this system up and use mass media to indoctrinate us it is the only possible way humans can live. Having this call for a written constiution that enshrines human and social rights is a direct challenge to that, and I support it wholeheartedly. Penny
I believe that Blair's Labour Party is a crucial part of the global trend towards limited democracy and partial citizenship. This is manifested in a gradual privatisation of service provision, a narrowing of political choices and growing inequality. As citizens we must reject this model and work towards truly democratic alternatives. Dermot
Time to stop watching TV and take back responsibility for what happens
to us, thanks for keeping the resistance going Adele
Student loans - one way of tying young people to the state by way of burden and debt Darren
Our rights are totally ignored. As Christians we see every religion but ours matters. We live on an Estate run, supposedly, by the Corporation of London who ignore each and every complaint made to them about everything and anything. Political correctness rules everything and has totally undermined every standard and value this country stood for. The attitude is to pay for everything several times over. For instance, we pay for public services, but the so called service is useless, across the board. Despite this, you are legally obliged to pay taxes which would have seen our ancestors up in arms. If you dont like what is happening, you complain and nothing is done. Then you have to pay for legal assistance, quite beyond the means of most ordinary people. The contempt politicians have for the public can be clearly seen in the ID legislation, the illegal war in Iraq, and the imprisonment of at least one air service doctor who stood up to them, the totally inadequate provisioning of our troops, which needs to be compared to Cherie's £7,000 hair do. The spin doctors replace truth, integrity and professionalism and public service. On our own estate we have seen the change in people, which I offer as a mini indication of what is happening generally in society. The nature of people has become meaner, more demanding of others, but showing no responsibility themselves. Those who want what they want, ignoring the effect their actions have on others, neighbours, the community in general, drown out any and all critics. Our quality of life is zero. We no longer have hopes or ambitions or anything to live for. You need money to do that! Michael Howard spends more money than I on cosmetics. As a species I might be human, in reality I am transparent to all forms of local and central government. Miss JH
Yes, I support a written constitution for the UK, which is now the only way out of the impasse you describe so well. Pat
Eloquently put as always and I can only add that if there could be any reasonable doubt remaining then it is shredded by The Government's raw thrust for the imposition of the I.D. Card, a frenzy of abandonment of the Public Good. Destined to 'point-score' each unfolding life and under-written by the sole and singular aim of squeezing every last drop of revenue for the Exchequer, it will progressively peel from us every veil of privacy until we are exposed beyond intimate retreat.
There can be no justification whatsoever for linking this item to a national register save that it serves the purpose of plotting an audit trail through our entire lives, an eventuality the easy provision of technology and absolute guarantee of nature - any man who will not recognise this intent is a deliberate liar, a deluded fool or a simpleton - any woman is simply not a man. There can be no worse exploit than to give enfettered licence to the primitive drives of male-nature and this greed-driven, fear-fuelled pursuit will draw to the bastions of Power a level of influence and control over the majority population to finally quash all hope - if there is not a thunderous backlash before then, an increasingly likely event (I pray). David
Democracy is slipping through our fingers in favour of global capitalism and elitism, fuelled by ignorance, consumerism and power-hungry bureaucratic institutions. Citizenship is brought seriously under question through a lack of accountability in such a regime, and our rights should be further protected - not eroded to protect human kind and the planet as a whole. I support a written constitution for a truly democratic Britain, and furthermore support such a protection of rights globally.