Green Paper on Rights and Responsibilities launched
Finally. How exciting.
Published on: 23 March 2009
A Green Paper on constitutional reform, launched to start a national debate about the future of rights and responsibilities.
The paper explores if our rights and responsibilities should be drawn together in one place, perhaps in a Bill of Rights and Reponsibilities, so they are easily accessible and understood. It suggests a range of subjects that might be covered by such a Bill, including equality, good administration, children’s well-being, healthcare, criminal justice, victims’ rights and the environment.
- Rights and responsibilities: developing our constitutional framework [PDF 0.83mb, 68 pages]
And – hold on to your hats – they’ve actually got some examples of responsibilities:
Finally, although not necessarily suitable for expression as a series of new legally enforceable duties, it may be desirable to express succinctly, in one place, the key responsibilities we all owe as members of society, with a view to reinforcing the imperative to observe them. Such responsibilities could include treating National Health Service and other public-sector staff with respect; safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children in our care; living within our environmental limits for the sake of future generations; participating in civic society through voting and jury service; reporting crimes and co-operating with the prosecution agencies; as well as more general duties such as paying taxes and obeying the law.
My word… I have the responsibility to obey the law. I didn’t realise.
More soon. Betcha can’t wait.