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One important point is that we do have a body of constitutional law in England it's just that it's very ill defined and it's very difficult for anybody who's not a legal professional to know what it is. I think of a constitution as kind of a basic, because I'm a computer guy, I think of it as the basic operating system of the country. There is a load of stuff there that says how the country works and what the basic rights and responsibilities of citizens are, but it's not collected together in a way that people can understand and I think understanding the way that your country works in a simple way, in a way that says this is the constitution, this is all the other law we have. It puts a difference between them that for a start in a way that people can understand.

I certainly wouldn't be making the case for the right to bear arms in any UK constitution but it's right that when that was written in the US, it's right that if that was considered something that was very, very important, which in the aftermath of the War of Independence and so on, it was, it's right that changing that is more difficult than changing other laws so it gives some sort of measure of stability to the way things are now.

Whether you think something's right or wrong, some things are more part of the basic fabric of the country than others. I think that's why a constitution everyone can look at and understand, and it's not a constitution written in centuries of case law and a whole bunch of things you can't draw together and actually look at; I think just the idea of having something there is really important in understanding the way our society works.

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