Obiter had been right off competitions since failing to win a week’s holiday by guessing the latest royal baby’s name.

But from Obiter friend Graham Allen MP comes an attention-grabbing challenge. Allen is chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which is pondering the idea of a written constitution for the UK. It might be ‘a new Magna Carta’, he observes.

As is so often the case, it seems, getting started is the hard part. So, running on from a four-year project with King’s College London’s Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies is ‘a competition to write a rousing, even poetical, 350-word preamble to a written constitution for the UK’.

Readers should send their preamble to And why not copy your suggestions to We’ll print excerpts of the best.