Fabian View on Necessity of People Knowing Legal and Constitutional Rights

I found this paragraph in Peter Archer’s chapter on ‘The Constitution’ in Fabian Essays in Socialist Thought, ed. Ben Pimlott (London: Heinemann 1984) 117-31 (122).

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Secondly, if the rights of the citizen are to be effective, it is vital that everyone should be aware of their entitlements and their obligations, should understand what conditions are required to activate them, and should be entitled to argue their case to those who adjudicate upon them. The right of free people to be heard embraces not only the political debates which precede the legislation, but decisions about its application. there is a pressing need to ensure that adequate advice and, where necessary, representation, is available to all. Until the numerous barriers to advice are broken, each new right merely widens the gap between the articulate and assertive, those with knowledgeable friends, and those with neither the resources nor the confidence to avail themselves of their entitlements. Since I have developed this theme elsewhere I do not propose to pursue it here, except to reiterate the need for a national body, with local subsidiaries, to coordinate and supplement the advisory services.

Unfortunately, the provision of bodies informing the public of their rights is even more necessary now. The Citizens Advice Bureaux are under serious attack by the Tories, and have seen their budgets savagely cut. As with the abolition of legal aid, this is less about saving money than with denying the poor, the underprivileged and the exploited knowledge of their legal rights and the ability to challenge injustice by the rich and corrupt.

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6 Responses to “Fabian View on Necessity of People Knowing Legal and Constitutional Rights”

  1. stewilko Says:

    Reblogged this on stewilko's Blog.

  2. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  3. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  4. Martin Kroupa Says:

    Corruption, incompetence, racism and many more is hidden away being wrapped up in unclear policies which even the people employed by the govt departments do not have the knowledge of.

  5. Barry Davies Says:

    Not sure the citizens advice is always correct though, certainly where contracts are concerned and a lot of the problems arise because of badly written explained or understood contracts.

  6. prayerwarriorpsychicnot Says:

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

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