Repairing British Politics: A Blueprint for Constitutional Change

Repairing British Politics: A Blueprint for Constitutional Change

by Richard Gordon

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ISBN-13: 9781847318053
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/17/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

Richard Gordon QC, a member of Brick Court Chambers, London, is recognised as one of the UK's leading silks in administrative and public law and human rights. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has acted in many of the most important public law and human rights cases in recent years, and appears regularly before the House of Lords and Court of Appeal and in foreign jurisdictions as well as before the ECJ and European Court of Human Rights.
Richard Gordon QC is a Barrister at Brick Court Chambers and is widely recognised as one of the leading silks in Administrative and Public Law and Human Rights/Civil Liberties.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Glossary of Essential Terms
1. SETTING THE SCENE
Starting from Scratch
Why We Need a Written Constitution
Outline of the Book
Power to the People
The Origins of Parliamentary Sovereignty
Cromwell and the UK's Two Written Constitutions
No-one Ever Voted for Parliamentary Sovereignty
Why Parliamentary Sovereignty Doesn't Work
The Need for a Public Debate
The Virtues of Representative Democracy
Drafting a Written Constitution: The Practicalities
Repairing British Politics: The Proposals
Towards the Future
2. A DRAFT CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM
Preamble
Part 1: The State and the Constitution
Part 2: Lawmaking
Part 3: The House of Representatives
Part 4: The Senate
Part 5: Executive Government
Part 6: Emergency Powers
Part 7: Political Parties
Part 8: The Judiciary
Part 9: Fundamental Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities
Part 10: The Citizens' Branch
Part 11: Other Aspects of Government
Part 12: Constitutional Conventions
Part 13: Constitutional Changes and Referendums
Part 14: Interpretation and Final Matters
3. THE CONSTITUTION OF BRITAIN (REFERENDUMS) ACT
Part 1: Referendum on a Written Constitution
Part 2: Second Referendum on the Content of a Written Constitution
Part 3: Implementation of the Second Referendum
Part 4: Supplementary
Schedules

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