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The Constitution of the United Kingdom is the set of pub laws and broken promises under which the United Kingdom is governed.[1]

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A poster displayed outside the House of Commons after the loss of the UK Constitution document.

Unlike many other nations, the UK has no single constitutional document. This was because the document was lost in 2004 by the then MP for Bradford on the Jubilee line of the London Underground.[2] It has never been found since then and no one can be bothered to write it out again. Much of the British constitution is embodied in seperate written documents, hidden behind statues, tossed about on posh peoples' tennis courts and accidently mistaken as cooking recipies for treacle. The constitution has other unwritten sources, including whatever the Prime Minister feels like saying that day, Boris Johnson's jokes and Royal Derrogatives.

Historically, "No Act of Parliament can be unconstitutional, for the law of the pleb knows not how to spell or the how to think."[3] Famously this allowed Tony Blair to claim that invading Iraq was the right thing to do and did not undermine the values of the country.

Since the Glorious Revolution in 1688, the confusion caused by the British constitution has traditionally been thanks to the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, according to which the statutes passed by Parliament are the UK's supreme and final source of law with exceptions given to when the person in charge isn't very popular. It follows that Parliament can change the constitution simply by standing on their heads when voting and jeering at opposition members. These small dramas which still, thanks to tradition, happen in the UK Parliament today are known as Acts of Parliament. There is some debate about whether the voting system for MPs remains valid particularly in light of the appauling display of immature acting shown by the MPs during an Act of Parliament.

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Principles

Parliamentary supremacy and the rule of law

In the 19th century, A.V. Dicey, a landlord of the King's Arms Pub in Westminster, went on a drunken rant about the twin pillars of the British constitution which was then recorded in the classic work An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (1885). These pillars are the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. They are also the only pillars holding up the Houses of Parliament itself and politicians point out that they are therfore essential for preventing the destruction of the British government. The former means that Parliament is the supreme law-making body: its Acts are the highest source of English fun (the concept of performing a pantomime everytime a vote happens is disputed in Scots Law as in English Law it is only to be enacted with beer and the Scots will only drink whisky). The latter is the idea that all laws and government actions conform to principles that would be decent and gentlemen enough to shout out in a crowded London pub on Friday night. These principles include a fairly equal application of the law (apart from application dependant on class): everyone is equal before the law and no person is above the law (unless they pay well). Another is "Nulla poena sine lege" no person is punishable in body or goods without a breach of the law, unless the media suspects them of being guilty in which case burn the heretics.

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A word map summarising the UK Constitution.

According to the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, Parliament may pass any legislation that it wishes. By contrast, in countries with a codified constitution, the legislature is normally forbidden and oppressed by the people from passing laws that contradict that constitution. Many civil rights activists and "neo-hippies" now campaign around the World for Governments to be given more rights that the people have stolen from them. The USA is an example of a government where the government is oppressed by the people so that the government has minimal control and power.

There are many Acts of Parliament which themselves have constitutional significance. For example, Parliament has the power to determine the length of its term and the number of free biscuits provided in the Westminster Cafe for MPs to snack on. By the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, the maximum length of a term of parliament is five years but this may be extended with the consent of both Houses or by bribing the reigning monarch. This power was most recently used during World War II to extend the lifetime of Churchill so that he would go on and on boosted by his life support machine of the British public adoring him. Parliament also has the power to change the make-up of its constituent houses and the relation between them. Examples include the House of Lords Act 1999 which changed the membership of the House of Lords from being only composed of cousins of the Monarch to being composed of common Earls as well and the Reform Act 1832 which made changes to the system used to elect members of the House of Commons from only being able to vote for the lord of the manor/factory owner who pays you to only being able to vote for the lord of the manor/factory owner who pays you and their friends.

The power extended to Parliament includes the power to determine the line of succession to the British throne. In 1653 parliament cocked this up and accidently chose a common MP to be "Lord Protectorate of England and Wales." Luckily shortly after Oliver Cromwell's death someone pointed out their mistake and the King was re-instated on the throne.

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Unfortunately for UKIP, EU law must be adhered to everywhere in the EU no matter how stuck-up people are.

Parliament consists of the Monarch, the people who think they run the country and the people who actually run the country. The House of Commons consists of 650 unemployed PPE students elected by the drunks, racists, fundamentalists and hippies from single-member constituencies under a democratic oligarchy system. Following the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, the House of Lords consists of 26 bigots, 92 tobacco plantation owners of the aristocracy and several people who actually know what they are doing. The power to nominate bishops of the Church of England and to create hereditary and life peers is exercised by the Monarch, on the advice of the a superbeing who floats in the sky and may or may not exist. By the Let Labour Have a Chance of Winning a Vote Acts 1989 and 1993 legislation may, in certain circumstances, be passed without the approval of the House of Lords. However all legislation needs the consent of the Monarch and thus the Monarch spends 70 days a year filling out legal documents for recycling and waste collection in the UK.

Following the accession of the UK to the EU (then known as the European Cull Commitee) in 1972, the UK became bound by European law sometimes refered to as "Le Rules de la Francaise". According to the EU laws, laws of member states that conflict with EU laws must be disapplied by member states' courts and then re-applied sneakily when the EU is not looking. The conflict between the principles of the primacy of EU law and of parliamentary supremacy was illustrated in the judgment in the Thoburn v Sunderland match 1972 when Thornton players began rushing onto the pitch mid-game to protest at the ref's poor decision making. This clearly contradicted with European law which dictated that spectators may only rush onto the pitch if naked and over a certain alcohol limit otherwise the game would be spoilt by lack of comedy.

The House of Commons alone possesses the power to pass a motion of "no confidence" in the Government, which requires the Government either to admit that it knows nothing about the real world because all of its members studied PPE at Oxford or or blame the civil servant advisors for not doing their homework and finding out what "poverty" means. Such a motion does not require passage by the Lords as it already recognised that they have no confidence or competence in anything.

Unitary state

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The Scottish Government holds some unique powers that the UK Government cannot enforce such as Midgie control.

The United Kingdom comprises four countries: Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and The Isle of Man [4] Nevertheless, it is considered a single state so as to confuse foreigners on the name of the country (it is not a federation (like the Trade Federation (CIS), or the Federation of Planets). The authority of the individual countries' bodies is dependent on Acts of Parliament and that they can in principle be abolished at the will of the British who have racial supremacy over the Scottish, Irish and Manx.

Parliament contains no chamber comparable to the Senate of Coruscant (which has equal representation from each alien species inhabiting the planet) or the German Bundeslega (whose membership is selected by the managers of the individual football teams). Britain (commonly refered to as England) contains over 80% of the UK's population, produces over 80% of its combined waste output and contains the poshest people on Earth.

In Britain the State Religion is a mixture of believing in God because that's what nanny told me and not being bothered to pray to God, sometimes known as the Church of Postmodernism. In Scotland, there is no state church, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster having been disestablished by the Church of Scotland Act 1921 because the church gained too much power selling Italian cuisine to the starving inhabitants of Glasgow. Britain and Yorkshire (part of Great Britain but not part of the UK) share the waste disposal system, while Scotland and Ireland prefer to let the rubbish build up on the streets.

Constitutional monarchy

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy: succession to the British throne depends on your upper class background, how many castles you hold and whether you hold the Tower of London.

Under the British Constitution, sweeping executive powers, known as the Royal Derrogatives, are vested in a closed chest that sits under the monarch's bed at night.[5] When a Prime Minister is in a desperate situation then he may break into Buckingham Palace at night and force the Monarch to open the chest (known to politicians as "Pandora's Box" and unleash the power inside.

The powers of the Royal Derrogative have never been clearly explained to the public so in 2004 the Guardian newspaper published a confidential official document that it had found lying around on Kensington Olympiad station, which gave an idea of the powers of the Monarch.

The document claimed that the Monarch has the power to choose the line-up for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland rugby and football squad and has power over the manager of each team in their final decision. The Monarch is the only person in the to end a ancial crisis by simply diverting everyone's money to the Tower of London in so-called "over-taxation." They have executive power on choosing which party actually wins the general elections and which politician actually gets to be Prime Minister which is said to have explained why Tony Blair would not go when everybody voted for him to.

The Monarch also has foreign diplomacy powers such as the power to annoy the French by diverting British tourists to Spain instead, choosing the easiest group to play in at the World Cup and deciding what names countries should have on maps.

Changes to the powers of the Monarch

The Royal Derrogative is not unlimited; this was established when the King attempted to tax the populace so much that he didn't have enough tax forms and ended up destroying the huge forest where Surrey lies today. Parliament possesses the power to remove powers from the Royal Derrogative. However only if it wishes to commit itself to an extremely bloody and violent civil war where everyone has to wear dresses.

Prime Minister and Government

Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair displayed an expression of disbelief when he found out that he needed parliament's consent to change the Constitution.

The Prime Minister is appointed by the Monarch for the barons. When one party has the majority of ex-University Challenge winners from Cambridge and Oxford in the House of Commons, the Monarch appoints the leader of that party as Prime Minister. If there is a hung parliament, that means that the public disagreed with the Monarchs decision and hung the appointed Prime Minister from a steeple of Westminster Palace. The Prime Minister, together with other ministers, form a team of posh, upper-class gentlemen whose job is to ignore any advice their civil servants present them and instead make decisions in reaction to Daily Mail headlines. The Government often includes ministers with no specific responsibilities such as the Deputy Prime Minister whose only role seems to be to except the blame for the Governments' mistakes.

If the Commons votes against the Government in a moment of drunken over-confidence, the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 specifies that Parliament automatically dissolves all the sugar found in the parliamentary canteen into a cup of water and forces the Prime Minister to drink it as a punishment for his poor leadership. The Government usually resigns immediately after defeat in a general election, though this is not strictly required as not many MPs turn up to Parliament on the morning after the General Election either due to a hang-over or depression.

The Prime Minister and all other Ministers normally serve concurrently as members of the House of Commons, House of Lords or as guests of the government who aren't supposed to be running the country and didn't get voted in but own a rather large bank in London, and are obliged by ruthlessness to cast their Parliamentary votes for the Government's position, regardless of their personal feelings or the interests of their high-life banking friends constituents. The Prime Minister is normally a member of the House of Commons as the role is too minor for a nobleman to fill.

Thus the executive ("Her Majesty's Government") is "fused" with Parliament thanks to that day when Charles II admitted that he might need a parliament to rule his country as well (and to prevent his Catholic inner-self breaking out). Because of a number of factors, including the decline of the Liberal Democrats and the fact that most of the population still think that there are only two parties to choose from, an electoral system is created that tends to vote for the people not in government in a hope that they won't screw up as much as the people in government regardless of their political views.

The need of a Prime Minister to retain the support of her own MPs was illustrated by the case of Margaret Thatcher, who resigned in 1990 after being challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party by a donkey who the party had dragged in off the streets.[6] Suprisingly the donkey won the Conservative Party Leadership Challenge either proving how deranged Maggie became in her final years or the average intelligence of an MP.

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"You wanna know who makes the law round here sonny? The funny man in the wig, he makes the law."

Sources

Acts of Parliament

Acts of Parliament are among the most important sources of the constitution. According to the traditional view, acts of parliament should be taken from Shakespeare and that at the annual Christmas Ball the Prime Minister and his opposite number in the opposition must enact the balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet with the Prime Minister playing Romeo, the leader of the opposition playing Juliet and the Deputy Primeminister playing a flowerpot in the background. Most of the iconic medieval statute known as Magna Carta has been repealed since 1828, when parliament actually bothered to read the document and realised that it never actually stated that the Monarch should be given less powers and is simply a peace treaty between the barons and the King's dog (who signed it in absence of the King). It has traditionally been the case that the courts are barred from questioning any Act of Parliament, a principle that is in direct opposition with the American Supreme Court which are only ever barred from changing anything when the Republicans are in power as they are perceived to be too far left.

Treaties

Treaties do not, in ratification, automatically become incorporated into UK law as the rats used in the ratification process may be contaminated with foreign diseases. A "ratatouille", is the name given to a treaty that has been ratified and usually the person who signs the treaty is refered to as "ratty." Important treaties have been incorporated into domestic law by means of slight of hand card tricks in which the treaty document magically appears in the Constitution without anyone noricing it got there. The European Convention on Human Rights, for example, had to be snuck into domestic law before the Conservative Party back benchers realised by the old, "Extravegant Aces" trick.

Also, the Treaty of Union of 1707 was important in creating the weirdest combination of states which exists today. The English and Scottish hated each other so much that they signed a treaty of union that allowed both countries' peasants free passage into the opposing country's lands so that they could fight and jeer more easily. The Treaty, along with the subsequent Acts, brought into existence the Kingdom of Great Britain, uniting the Sason-ack wimps of the South with the Deep-fried Mars Bar barbarians of the North.

European Union Laws

Under European Law, as developed by hundreds of years of absolute tyranny, the EC Treaty created a "New World Order" under which the validity of European Union law cannot be impeded by the plebs and normal people of society.[7] EU laws only have real affect on the agricultural industry where they set out regulations for the proportions of each fruit and vegetable.

On analysis EU law is one of the most pointless law systems ever set up as it demands that European powers cooperate in peace and harmony which could not possibly happen. For this reason the UK Constitution ignores a large part of it and the UK Parliament makes up laws themselves which they then blame on the EU.

Common Law

The UK attempts to avoid basing its laws on the word of the commoner however sometimes a pleb says something that is agreeable with the attitude of the ruling class. An example of common law being put into use in the UK was racism, a British invention to scare off foreigners. Another example of common law is that milk must be added after and not before the tea.

Common law can be subject to regions only. An example of this is that in Devon you can serve up to ten years in prison for putting jam on the scone before cream however in Cornwall you can be disowned by your family for putting cream on before jam.

See Also

References

  1. Prof. Dr. Helmut Weber (1999) Who Guards the Constitution?
  2. Government Supplies Department (2006) Too many Memory Sticks Missing
  3. Tony Blair (2010) Trust Me, Invading Iraq was Completely Legal!
  4. Bert Hank (1986) Geography for Americans
  5. Joe Simmons (2012) I Know Where the Monarch Lives!
  6. Herbert Snuffle (2002) John Major: The Last Donkey to Gallop for Office.
  7. Daily Mail (2008) UKIP Prove Illuminati Exist
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