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Constitution

During the recent election I keep hearing the words constitution but exactly what is the English constitution, if you asked most people what the American Constitution was they would have few problems naming some of them such as the right to bear arms but ask someone to tell you exactly what the English Constitution is and I guess them might have a problem in describing it accurately.
Do you know what it is ?................... I certainly don't
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Re: Constitution

I don't think we have one, do we?
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Re: Constitution

But if we don't then why does the press keep using the word ?
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Re: Constitution

Apparently:-
"The British Constitution is unwritten, unlike the constitution in America"
In other words it's a hodge podge with nothing set in stone.
Not what I would even consider calling a meaningful constitution.
And as the BBC puts it:-
"The UK is one of two countries which does not have a single constitutional document"
itsme
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Re: Constitution

Is it a bad thing that we don't have one?
I've found that sometimes when it's written some will go by the letter of the law and not the spirit of the law.
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Re: Constitution

I guess a good example of what you are saying is the law on human rights which has been manipulated by lawers to protect criminals but equally without a simple written constitution then things can mean whatever anyone says they can mean.
Steve
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Re: Constitution

I'd like to know why England doesn't have a Government?
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Re: Constitution

Over the years it has been discussed many times that we should have a written constitution. Can you imagine attempting to put anything in writing Undecided
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Re: Constitution

It's to do with the difference between Common Law and Civil Law I believe.
Basically: Common Law (UK and to a lesser extent US) generally followed precedent. Laws decide a few things but what has gone before in previous cases sets the decision.
Civil Law (Most other countries) all laws are codified. All decisions in law are basically made by the constitution and these codes specify all matters that could be brought before a court of law.