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Time for a written Constitution?

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PAG has made a written submission to a Joint Committee which is considering the constitutional principles raised by The Electoral Reform Bill 2011.

As well as calling for LegCo to be popularly elected (which is in the PAG Charter) the Bill makes two main proposals.

First, that the Island should be divided into eight constituencies; and second, that each constituency should return three MHKs and one MLC.

'Constitutional principles' implies that the IoM may have a written Constitution, which it clearly doesn't.

But is it time that we did consider such a legal document?

The Constitution of Ireland has operated since 1937. There have been 25 adopted subsequent amendments, the last being in 2004.

It has evolved over the years to reflect the changing norms of society. As this extract from Article 1 states "to develop its life, political, economic and cultural"

What impact can a written Constitution have on the lives of ordinary people?

Well, in Ireland, if this video is anything to go by, potentially a considerable effect.

The video is very amusing, but has serious political and legal undertones.

Try and stay with it for about 14 minutes and you'll see what we mean.



0 #11 ....differing viewsZephor 2012-09-29 19:49
I've read the many times revised Irish Constitution and feel comfortable about its fundamental principles.

An IOM Constitution in some way may help to offset the inbuilt democratic deficit we have.

A friend of mine recently sent me this quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Homes:

"A Constitution is made for people of fundamentally differing views"

That's a healthy democratic position
+8 #10 Re: Difficulty in Identifying Constitutional ImplicationsJason Postlethwaite 2012-03-16 18:05
0 #9 Back to the original article!Guest 2012-03-16 16:14
Jason - your underlying message heartens me, but I'd like to return to the origins of this discussion - the PAG article.
The Joint Select Committee is considering the constitutional principles raised by The Electoral Reform Bill 2011.
With your obvious greater knowledge can you say what these constitutional principles might be?
The article states that without a written constitution it is difficult to identify them.
In the meantime I'm going to look at the Constitution of Ireland and track the amendments since 1937. Then I'll try to identify how your argument fits in with it or otherwise.
+10 #8 A written Constitution - At What Cost?Jason Postlethwaite 2012-03-15 18:33
0 #7 RE: Time for a written Constitution?Tristram 2012-03-14 12:43
Yes, I watched the video and it was good to see people standing up for their freedom.

>> but the protestor knew his rights and was able to reject the demands of the official - all without expensive legal representation!

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