The Government has just released the results of its deliberative assessment of our constitutional future. It is here (pdf).
It's Executive Summary opens as follows:
"Constitutional reform has been a key theme of the Government since 1997. From devolution in Scotland and Wales, the introduction of the Human Rights Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Constitutional Reform Act establishing the Supreme Court– the relationship between the citizen and the State is being reshaped. This report outlines findings from a programme of deliberative engagement that took place in late 2009 and early 2010, which explored the potential for constitutional change. Three issues were examined:
- The potential for a written statement of values. - A Bill to protect and enhance the rights and responsibilities of citizens.- The balance of power and accountability between the Government, Parliament and the judiciary, and the potential for a written constitution."
A spokesman from the Ministry of Justice tells me that the Prime Minister tasked departments to follow this up in his speech on 22 March.
There seems to be an important exploration of public opinion here which we'll look at in OurKingdom.
Serious immediate comments provided you have read the Paper and are responding to it, are welcome here.