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1

why does a codified constitution protect rights better?

-requires special procedure to change laws
-which undergoes major scrutiny + review

2

why are our rights currently vulnerable?

-rights can be removed through a simple majority vote in parliament
-v.easy to do w/ FPTP as produces large majority govt

3

give an example of high majority govts?

Blair 1997 - 179
Thatcher 1983 - 144

4

give an example of rights being easily removed ?

- magna carta 'habeas corpus' 1215
- 2000 terrorism act threw this out the window

5

what do the current constitution being flexible allow?

allows it to be modern and up to date

6

why can the constitution be changed quickly and what does it allow the govt to do?

-due to principle of Parliamentary sovereignty
- allows govt to react quickly in emergency

7

give an example of govt reacting quickly to emergency

-dunblane shooting 1996
- 16 children and 1 teacher killed
- 1997 firearms act banned possession of handguns

8

today is it more important to protect rights better or to be flexible and why?

-remain uncodified to be responsive
- recently low majority govt
- increasing terrorism threat

9

how do a codified constitution provide clarity?

-allows people become more informed on their rights and roles of those in govt

10

how would a codified constitution improve society ?

- public would become more politically educated and aware

11

give an example of a constitution that provides clarity?

-US constitution
- outlines rights Clearly and is easily accessible

12

how would a codified constitution improve democracy?

-ministers would be more accountable as people more informed
-reduce number of misconducts carried out by MPs

13

what is the big question over codifying the constitution?

how would it be done - no need it change it

14

give examples of possible issues needed to be addressed ?

-who would do it?
- how would people vote for it?
- would we leave monarchy in or out?

15

today is it more important to provide clarity rather than the question of how???

-with Brexit approaching seems better to leave constitution uncodified