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Proposed Additions to the English Bill of Rights

July 31, 2015

Now seems to be the perfect time

To take our Bill of Rights out for a constitutional.

Suggestions for additional rights are welcome

And here are some of mine:

There is an urgent need for the right to waste time –

When people are obliged to ascribe value and meaning to what they do

There’s a risk that they’ll become dangerous and agressive.

It’s better to accept time wasting ways

Than it is to demand that people justify themselves

Every blessed minute of the day.

When people do something without meaning or value to others

They are most likely to find meanings and values of their own

Which might end up having value and meaning for all.

Every human being on the planet should have the right

To declare themselves English;

If they want to be considered English, that’s a compliment

And if you impose conditions or tests of Englishness

You limit the nature of what being English is.

The English are a conglomerate nation

Combining the best we can take from every race and creed.

Being English is a state of mind

Witty, tolerant, gentle and kind,

It’s not an ethnic category, dubiously defined

Which, when you put it that way, seems kind of racist

As in “I’m English,” “I’m more English”,

“I’m the most English of all!”

That is not the way, friends.

England is a dear little country

Which we carry in our hearts

So wherever we are in the world

We may say, “I am English, I have the right

To expect, demand and, yes, demonstrate

The impeccable logic of what we call fair play,

To sarcastically mock and parody those with whom we disagree’

To complain about anything and everything we see,

To complain about the state and the quality of the tea,

To complain when others complain and moan

And at the end of the day, if we have one, to go home.”

[Please feel free and add your suggestions and amendments below. We’re told our government is thinking hard about this issue, so your ideas might end up being of real service to the nation!]

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