Queens Speech

Less Legislation? Yes Please

Dr Mark Pack | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Pack

Initiativeitis - an ugly word for a regrettable phenomena. It is an often-criticised habit of government ministers of all parties always to be touting a new initiative backed up by a new piece of legislation in order to look like they are working hard and making a difference.

'Downton' To Be Trumped By The Queen Xmas Day

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

Downton Abbey's Christmas special is not the viewing public's first TV choice when it comes to Christmas Day, according to a new poll. Nearly a fif...

Queen's Speech On Brink Of 'WW3'

PA | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK

They might have been the final words ever addressed by Queen Elizabeth II to her nation. With Britain on the brink of annihilation at the hands of ...

The Alternative Queen's Speech

Peter Bone | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Bone

This Monday, 24 of June, I will be presenting (along with Christopher Chope, Philip Hollobone and David Nuttall) the second Queen's Speech of the year. We will be presenting some 40 true-blue bills to the commons.

Tory Rebels Launch 'Alternative Queen's Speech'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK

An "Alternative Queen's Speech", including returning the death penalty, has been laid before Parliament after a group of MPs took advantage of an obsc...

Help to Buy - Good Politics, Bad Economics, Horrendous Policy

Ann McKechin | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Despite his aim to re-balance the economy, both sectorally and geographically, the Chancellor's intervention in the housing market only helps reinforce a 'two-speed' Britain in which London, fuelled by its property boom, gradually decouples from the rest of the country. And that isn't good for anyone, wherever you live.

Cameron's Ploy To Disperse Tory EU Rebellion Fails As 115 MPs Condemn Queen's Speech

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's ploy to quash a Tory rebellion over the EU has failed miserably, with 115 Conservative MPs voting for a motion "expressing regret" tha...

David Cameron: 'Weak, Weak, Weak!'

Antony Timlin | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Antony Timlin

"What would you do," asks Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day, "if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?" That is just one of many questions that must be running through David Cameron's head right about now.

The Prime Minister Must Offer the Lib Dems an Ultimatum on Europe

Bernard Jenkin | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Bernard Jenkin

For the Prime Minister to insist that "we would require the agreement of our coalition partners" could be seen as placing politics above principle - an advertisement for self-imposed weakness. The opportunity for David Cameron is visibly to put the country before the coalition. The Prime Minister should offer them an ultimatum.

The Queen's Speech That Could Have Been

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Wednesday's Queen's Speech was both a disgrace and disappointment - a failure on both the grounds of what it contained, and what it didn't. What it did contain was a disgraceful pandering to the Ukip vote, in its financially toothless, but socially damaging, provisions on immigration.

The Week In Photos - Vote On Your Favourite Pictures

Elliot Wagland, Tahira Mirza, Matthew Tucker | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK

The best pictures of the week are chosen by YOU voting on our interactive slideshow. This week in pictures began with the Ohio kidnapping victims A...

A Queen's Speech for the People of Britain

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

For me it was a speech that showed that after three years in coalition our resolve to do what is right for this country has not left us, and whilst a Queen's Speech is not the place for economic and fiscal policy, it also showed that we are still committed to our central task.

The Week In Funny Tweets: Fergie, The Apprentice And More

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Comedy

Well, that was a week of two halves. The first half being marked by Star Wars Day, the start of Clitoris Awareness Week (no, really), Helen Mirren ...

The Power and the Majesty of Social Care Reform

Patrick Stannah | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

Reform of adult social care has been in the political limelight for many years. This latest announcement makes a firm and very welcome commitment to addressing an age-old issue - but it also opens a floodgate of challenges and fierce debate which will test our government to the limit.

The Queen's Speech Shows That, After Only Three Years, This Failing Government Is Out of Ideas

Chris Bryant | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Bryant

All the pre-briefing about the Queen's Speech suggested that its centrepiece, its pièce de résistance, would be a new immigration bill. Trumpets sounded. The drum roll played. But by the time the Queen had returned to Buckingham Palace and sent the Crown back to the Tower of London, the government confessed that all they had come up with was a set of three measures that they are considering putting into a Bill that will not even be ready for presenting to parliament until the autumn.

Government Treating International Students As A 'Political Football'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A students' leader has implored the government to stop treating international students as a "political football" following the Queen's Speech which la...

The Queen's Speech and Its Hidden Impact on Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

If you'd listened to the Queen's Speech, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the government's agenda for the next year isn't going to have a big impact on children. But changes to immigration, anti-social behaviour measures and the care system will all make a real difference - both positive and negative - to some of the most vulnerable children in the UK

Queen's Speech Was Another Wasted Opportunity on Lobbying

Francis Ingham | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Ingham

The Queen's speech was yet another wasted opportunity for the Government to make up its mind on a statutory register of lobbyists. For the past three years, this Government has told us that a register is both essential and imminent. And for the past three years, it has failed to take any of the many opportunities open to it to introduce such a register.

Cameron's 'Big Society' Press-Ganged Into Immigration Battle

Will Black | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Cameron appears to have frantically scribbled the policy on a napkin as he watched the local election results come in. Since his party's woeful performance, he has suddenly become more jittery about immigration than Captain Hook was about ticking clocks.

Ned Simons

Zac Goldsmith: Omission Of Recall Bill A 'Grave Disappointment'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics

The government's failure to include legislation that would allow voters to kick MPs out of parliament mid-term in the Queen's Speech is a "grave disap...

'They Used To Call Them Clowns. Now They Want To Join The Circus'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

The spectre of last week's surge in the vote for Ukip hung over parliament on Wednesday, as MPs debated the government's Queen's Speech which talked t...

Not So Much 'Dog Whistle' Politics, More a Shrill Cry for Help

Mark Serwotka | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

According to the Queen in her speech at the state opening of parliament today, the government "will continue to focus on building a stronger economy". Can you run that past us again please, Your Majesty? That will presumably be the same government that has inflicted on us the slowest economic recovery in almost 150 years?

International Aid Law 'Cynically Dropped To Appease Tory MPs'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of using international development as a "cynical weapon" to win over Tory backbenchers after a pledge to legally commit...

0.7% Legislation - A Victim of Cameron's Malaise

Ivan Lewis MP | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ivan Lewis MP

By failing to include legislation to enshrine the 0.7% aid commitment in law in today's Queens speech this Tory-led Government has once again broken a Coalition Agreement promise. Both the Tories and Lib Dems have failed to honour a promise which was in their respective 2010 election manifestos.

We Should Be Angry, But Not About Immigration

Keith Taylor | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

It is now time for us to stand up for immigrants. The vast majority of them, just like the majority of everyone else, are decent people who make significant contributions to their communities.