A Constitution: Pros and Cons

by Elias Blum

A constitution is like brakes on a car. There are cons to having brakes. They could overheat. They need to be serviced. There are costs involved. But the alternative is not to have brakes and hope the driver is good at steering around obstacles.

Or a constitution is like a map. There are cons to having a map. Maps are annoying. You have to fold them. The bit you want to get to is always on the edge between two adjoining maps. Sometimes the wind blows the map up in your face. But the alternative is wandering about without a map, relying on native wit and hoping you remember a few landmarks.

Or a constitution is like an indoor toilet. There are cons to having a toilet. It could get clogged. The water in it isn’t safe to brush your teeth with. It takes up space in the bathroom that could be used for something else. But the alternative is to shit in a bucket.

So, yes, there are cons. But the UK has decided that it would rather wander around in the dark, without a map, crashing into things, and shitting in a bucket, than admit to the advantages of having a proper constitution.