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As part of its process of constitutional renewal, the Government wants to engage people around the country in a discussion on citizenship and British values. Many blogs and websites provide a forum for political debate, and we are keen to connect with related discussions wherever they may be taking place.
This page is a ‘clippings’ list of interesting contributions to the debate, which we spot on other blogs and websites. We are managing it through the del.icio.us social bookmarking website; the most recent articles are listed below, but all articles that have been published on this site are available here.
If you are a del.icio.us user, and would like to tell us about an item or article on the subjects we are covering (including one of your own), please tag it ‘for:governanceofbritain’ and we’ll take a look.
|22 December 2008||Getting involved in the Statement of Values discussion »
The Ministry of Justice, is currently undertaking a lot of work in the field of the Governance of Britain. This is an ongoing project about our constitution – renewing the relationships that we have with each other as citizens and with the Government.Part of this involves developing a ‘Statement of Values’ to set out who we are and identify our common values. The BHA has been involved in this via the Humanist Philosophers Group and you can read what they think here http://governance.justice.gov.uk/british/humanist-philosophers-group/ [...]
|4 December 2008||Constitutional Renewal Bill »
The Constitional Renewal Bill was expected to be among the Bills included in the Queen’s Speech. In the event, the Speech contained an ambiguous reference: “My Government will continue to take forward proposals on constitutional renewal, including strengthening the role of Parliament and other measures.” The Government is now saying it will bring forward the Bill as time allows. So what was to be the cornerstone this session of the Governance of Britain agenda may or may not appear. [...]
|4 December 2008||Councils to Promote Democracy »
Councils in England are to be told to "promote democracy", under government plans outlined in the Queen's Speech. [...]
|18 November 2008||If we want more representative MPs, we need to start talking about class | Comment is free | The Guardian »
In the wake of the election of the first black president, Harriet Harman announced a decisive move on the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people at Westminster, and a year-long Speaker's conference inquiry into the issue of representation. [...]
|14 November 2008||BBC NEWS | Politics | Probe into boosting minority MPs »
MPs have approved proposals for a Parliamentary inquiry into how to boost the numbers of women, ethnic minority and disabled MPs. [...]
|10 November 2008||BBC NEWS | Politics | Trust in top politicians 'falls' »
Public trust in senior politicians has fallen in the last two years, according to a survey carried out for the Committee on Standards in Public Life. [...]
|6 November 2008||Revitalising Politics »
Revitalising Politics is organised by the Hansard Society with Professors Gerry Stoker (University of Southampton) and Colin Hay (University of Sheffield). The conference theme is an examination of why, given that the UK is going through a period of constitutional innovation, we lack the revitalised politics to go along with it. [...]
|5 November 2008||British voters 'turned off' by media hype and cynical blogs | Politics | The Guardian »
|5 November 2008||http://www.opendemocracy.net/blog/ourkingdom-theme/tom-griffin/2008/10/27/consultations »
|3 November 2008||Britishness is under threat from Brown, warns Lord Carey | Mail Online »
The former Archbishop of Canterbury has accused Gordon Brown of undermining the identity of Britain. [...]
We welcome all opinions connected to the 'Governance of Britain' consultation programme; but we do not necessarily endorse the views or websites described above. We are not responsible for the content of external websites.