The Queen’s Speech happens every time parliament is officially opened, meaning it is used by the government to detail the main bits of legislation that they hope to put in place. It is a make or break time for any government, as suddenly the whole world will see exactly what they are planning, and the whole world often doesn’t like it. Not only is this a time for finding out what the government stands for, but it is also the time for complaining about it as much as we can.
After all, there does seem very little in the new plans that is directly aimed at helping the economy, something that the government certainly can’t be said to have a perfect record on. Only the controversial High Speed Rail legislation might have an effect, and while the National Insurance help for small businesses is welcome, similar measures have had little effect in the past.
You could say that this parliament is the one where the government are simply sitting back and waiting for their plans to take place, desperately clinging on the idea that Britain might experience some sort of miracle revival, gloriously arising from the depths of recession to embrace the vibrant fantasy of growth and stability.
You say say that, but you would be wrong.
The Queen’s Speech is not a masterpiece of a legislative agenda, and is a bit of a squashed tomato in terms of how interesting it is, but it certainly reveals a lot about what the government has been thinking. They are thinking of immigration, investment, and trying to claw back some level of respectability by not doing something stupid.
This gives a level of boredom to the agenda, and makes it something that lacks innovation, but is certainly going to save the government some of the embarrassing and incompetent moments of the past. In that way, it is similar to the last Budget, since that was also aimed at general competence over being a sparkling example of brilliant new ideas, since these ideas generally came down to introducing unpopular legislation or measures that nobody asked for or cared about.
That is, nobody cared about until the government decided to get involved, and made things worse.
It is a plan that focuses on sorting out technicalities with immigration rules, although not necessarily in a good way in a good way, helping business through deregulation, and practical housekeeping that needs to be done to help the government and country run more smoothly. It is something that, although lacking in ideas, should be applauded because it is not a huge mess, like usual.
At least there is no pasty tax.