The Brexit crisis has highlighted the flaws in the UK’s constitution. The Queen, who has executive powers in the UK, has been so absent from the political process that this has created catastrophic confusion within Parliament. It is clear that change is necessary, and I would like to suggest some principles in accordance with which change can take place. The comments are open and I’d like to invite discussion. Only polite comments will be approved.
- The monarchy should be abolished. The monarchy no longer serves a useful function in the UK, but is instead a drain on resources. The monarchy cements the idea of privilege, which is an anti-democratic principle.
- Britain should remain a democracy. Democracy remains the fairest system of government that human beings have been able to devise. Embedded within the democratic system is the idea that each individual is equally valuable, which is fair and therefore conducive to a peaceful society.
- We need a codified constitution. At present, the UK has a variety of instruments and conventions that dictate our laws and the distribution of power. These should be simplified into a single constitutional document.
- Dieu et mon droit. This is a French motto which is loosely translated as ‘by the grace of God’. We should acknowledge within our constitution that all power in our society, and indeed the world, is God-given.
- Replace the House of Lords. A new multi-faith church of the future should be established to replace the House of Lords (where currently election is largely undemocratic). Faith leaders should be elected democratically, and can advise Members of Parliament on moral and ethical issues.
I warmly invite you to express your opinion on these five ideas in the comments, with the hope that a fruitful discussion will ensue. Also, feel free to share this post if you think the principles I have suggested make sense, or at least warrant further discussion. God bless you and thank you for reading.