Queen’s speech

The Queen’s speech: Was that it?

Public policy

The speech made by the Queen to open the new session of parliament was of more interest for what was not in it than what it contained, i.e. most of the manifesto Theresa May ran on during the recent election campaign. Neither was there mention of a state visit by Donald Trump. That the latter…

The Queen’s Speech: a round-up


Pomp and ceremony outweighed legislative substance even more than usual in this year’s speech, which was deliberately light on new policies because of the upcoming EU referendum. However, underneath all the wigs and pageantry there was a subtle message from the government: let us finish the job. Many of the announcements made today depend on…