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We need definition
I AM grateful to Nick Blitz (Letters, September 24) for raising the issue of what a written constitution is, in the debate as to how nations set out their culture and values.
Barristers, and others who earn a good living from the absence of a written constitution, tell us that our piecemeal approach benefits us, making us uniquely able to respond flexibly to the demands of a changing world.
Only three countries in the world don’t have a written constitution: Israel, New Zealand and the UK. Does anyone believe that these three nations are leading the world?
Having neither a written constitution nor bill of rights, we cannot teach our children or immigrants to our country what we stand for.
Some Tories champion a UK Bill of Rights as a way of ditching the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR). As every other nation in Europe could tell you, a national bill of rights and the EHCR are not mutually exclusive.
It is our absence of a constitution of our own that leaves the European Courts scratching their heads when cases come before them. How can they know what UK rights and responsibilities are when we haven’t even defined them for ourselves?
Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.
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