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Why we need to stop talking about a written constitution

While well-meaning people pursue the ideal codified document, the government is getting away with ever-greater constitutional trespasses

By David Allen Green   December 2020

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Every time there is some new constitutional calamity in the United Kingdom, and they have been rather common in this era of Brexit and Dominic Cummings, a similarly common response from anyone progressive or liberal is to ritually demand a “written” constitution. And that is usually all that is said on the subject, as if such a demand is sufficient in itself as a reaction to what has gone wrong.

But this is misguided and indeed irresponsible for three reasons. First, a written constitution would…

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