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Section 1.1. We, the people of the free sovereign and inalienable nation of Scotland do hereby express and enact our collective will through this written Constitution.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-16 22:02:42

    Section 1.1. Section 1.1. We, the people of the free sovereign and inalienable nation of Scotland do hereby express and enact our collective will through this written Constitution.

      • Caledonialan

        Section 1.1. There's no mechanism on this site for comments on an article (or on the draft constitution) as a whole, so I'm going to put my general comments on this article under section 1. It seems to me that the article, which has a long and somewhat rambling title, would be clearer if split into several articles, each dealing with a specific aspect, namely: The nation of Scotland, The national territory, Citizenship, and Voting rights. I'm not convinced that residency and immigration are a matter for the constitution but, if they are, I don't think they belong here.

          • Caledonialan

            Section 1.1. I now comment specifically on section 1. This is a fine statement, but it could be simplified. "Hereby" and "through this written Constitution" repeat each other. "Written" is unnecessary, since the constitution is self-evidently written. "Free, sovereign and inalienable" are splendid words, but do not mean much in practice (especially "inalienable"). They could be omitted, or replaced simply by "independent". "Express and enact" is a phrase which smacks of impressive legalese, but do two verbs really add anything? I propose a simplified version below.

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Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

  • Brian

    Section 1.1 The people are sovereign

    Section 1.1. We, the sovereign people of the free and inalienable nation ( I'm no expert in english but this way ensures there is no dubiety in whether it's the people or the country as a whole)

    7 votes  |  I agree 7 I disagree 0
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Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

  • arb

    Constitution - Keep it simple

    Section 1.1. I agree wholeheartedly with the suggestion to keep not only the opening article, but any and all statements as simple and as concise as possible. This will help all people and readers, from all backgrounds, better understand and follow the intent of the articles. Its also helps prevents stupid and meaningless phrases from being inadvertently included.

    1 vote  |  I agree 1 I disagree 0
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Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

  • Dan Shearer

    Proposed alternative for Section 1.1

    Section 1.1. (based on the already-improved text from CaledoniaIan above)

    We, the people of the [independent] nation of Scotland, including its distinct constituent parts the Western Isles, Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands, express our collective will in this Constitution.

    No votes  |  I agree 0 I disagree 0
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Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

Proposed Amendment to Section 1.1.

  • Jim Osborne

    Preamble (or Article 1.1)

    Section 1.1. PREAMBLE
    (1) THE STATE AND THE PEOPLE
    The Scottish state and the people’s government shall have the overriding purpose of upholding the rights set out in this Constitution and shall exercise its powers so that all citizens are enabled to realise their right to achieve their full potential and make as full a contribution as they are able to the common weal.

    (2) THE PEOPLE AND THE STATE
    All citizens shall have obligations to the state and the government, as well as the rights which are set out in this constitution

    (3) THE PEOPLE
    Every citizen shall also have obligations to all others and shall respect the rights of all their fellow citizens.

    (4) SUBSIDIARITY
    The people and government of Scotland shall adopt the principle of subsidiarity in the conduct our affairs.


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