Does the UK need a written constitution?

Recent years have seen both Pendle and the country gripped by anniversary fever.

Two years ago in 2012, it was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials, both of which saw commemorations locally.

This year, we are commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

And next year – 2015 – we will see the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the first Jacobite Rebellion and the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, which guarantees our basic freedoms and property rights.


Have we got enough time to take all of this in?

Apparently, this latter occasion will be marked by MPs considering our future constitutional framework.

Researchers have seemingly spent the last four years setting out the arguments for and against the UK having a fully written constitution for the first time.

Four years?


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What have they been doing all this time?

And if and when this written constitution comes to pass, can someone explain to Mr Pendle what, if any, difference it will make to the everyday lives of the common man?