28 May 2015 - Queen's speech
Queen's Speech: Old Traditions, New Realities
Faisal Islam (Sky News)
It was a day of the oldest traditions in the British Parliament but one of considerable political novelty too.
The Prime Minister left to see the Queen with a copy of the Tory manifesto in his hands, having deposited one of his ministers Kris Hopkins as a Buckingham Palace hostage to ensure the safe return of the monarch from parliament.
The great bulk of the Queen's Speech was an executive summary of that Conservative manifesto. Many policies expected to be negotiated away in a hung parliament have now found their way into proposed legislation.
In fact, Number 10 now believe that in a manifesto, voted for by a majority, they have the perfect tool to re-establish the broken bonds of trust between politicians and public.
Andrew Sparrow (The Guardian)
My Lords and members of the House of Commons,
My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in our country. It will adopt a one-nation approach, helping working people get on, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and bringing different parts of our country together.
Analysis: Here’s the key marketing message; this is a “one-nation” government, David Cameron is saying, through the mouth of the Queen. But, given that he spent the election campaign suggesting that five million of her subjects should have no say in lawmaking if they voted for the wrong party, Her Majesty may feel this is a bit rich. Critics would say that the one nation is actually England, given that that is where the vast majority of Conservative MPs come from.
Julia Rampen (The Mirror)
Benefits claimants will have to count the pennies ever more closely, the Queen’s Speech suggested today.
Setting out the priorities of the new Government, the Queen said it will continue to reform the benefits system.
She said the Government will bring in laws encouraging employment “by capping benefits and requiring young people to earn or learn”.
Ewan Palmer (IBT)
Britain will hold an in/out referendum on its EU membership before the end of 2017, the Queen formally announced during the state opening of Parliament.
The pledge formed a key part of the Queen's speech, written by the new Conservative government following its majority win at the 7 May election, which also included confirmation of a "five-year plan" for the NHS that will see it work on a seven-day basis.
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