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EU Constitution a rambling monstrosity

Via Europhobia comes this Comparison of the EU and US Constitutions. Sadly, the EU constitution loses out: it's a long, rambling piece described as a "meddler's charter".
I hope I get around to reading all its 243 articles (the US one has seven, plus 27 amendments) some time before the referendum — but right now to be honest, I can't be arsed. Two hundred and forty-three!

Comments (3)

The US constitution is a product of the Age of Enlightenment, and was drafted by some of the greatest thinkers of its time. The EU constitution, on the other hand ... oh, well. What did you expect?

Point. But maybe our framers could have at least had the good sense to be derivative in this case.


"This means that every literate English-speaking American has read his Constitution from beginning to end."

Um... no. Just from common experience I would say that at most every literate American has had the constitution explained to them in highschool, but read the whole thing? Not likely. The preamble, yes, select amendments? sure... maybe even the whole of the bill of rights, I'll go that far. Other than that I don't think so.

Its a nice document though. And is incredibly clear compared to what passes for lawmaking today.

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