This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

 

January 28, 2021



The United States is notorious for the pride it takes in the Constitution – and rightfully so. It’s held up for good reason as the sacred document that protects this nation from tyranny and keeps the great machines of government working as intended.

All the recent talk about this hallowed piece of writing got me wondering. Why doesn’t my own country have a written constitution?

It turns out there are many reasons the UK constitution remains an ephemeral thing, never captured in the confines of a document. But the crux of the thing is that it’s probably far too late to bother.

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