UK Liberty

Green Paper on Rights and Responsibilities launched

Posted in Bill of Rights (and Responsibilities), politicians on liberty by ukliberty on March 24, 2009

Finally.  How exciting.

Ministry of inJustice:

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.

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.

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  1. cosmodaddy said, on March 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    The bureaucratic authoritarianism is now so ingrained they don’t even understand, as you say, how stupid it is to say ‘it’s the law to obey the law’. Err.

    I also don’t like one bit the prospect of treating people with respect to be the law. Once upon a time it was something which people figured out for themselves – if someone treated you with respect you’d simply do the same in return. Now it’s to be codified as a law? So if some underling in the Passport and Identity Office treats you like dirt, you must smile, and be nice or else.

    Something’s gone horribly wrong.

  2. Mr Ecks said, on March 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    It’s not even worth getting angry about. Jack Torture will be out on his arse before he has a chance to get it through the Commons.


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