Queens Speech

Despite the Austerity Narrative, Public Spending Continues to Rise and Debts Continue to Grow

Lord Palumbo | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Palumbo

The problem is, despite the austerity narrative, public spending continues to rise and our debts continue to grow. There are currently a number of other issues thrown into the political mix such as; Scottish independence, immigration and Europe. Whilst these are of course important issues, they perhaps distract from the key fiscal debate.

We Cannot Keep Supporting Labour and The Tories Like they are Football Teams, Riding out a Rough Season by Obidiently Turning Up to Vote for Them No Matter What They Do

Harry Cunningham | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Cunningham

I'm not a particularly political person. I am not a Marxist, a Socialist, a Conservative, a Liberal...I find it all a bit bewildering to be honest. And I'm not alone. For though most people have a plethora of views about the huge problems facing the country at the moment...

Why Is This Labour Baroness Wearing A World Cup Shirt In The Lords?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

World Cup fever has spread into the House of Lords, as a Labour peer snuck in a Brazil football shirt as she spoke today about the Queen's Speech. ...

Trafficked Children Need Us to Advocate For Them

Javed Khan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

It is extraordinary to think that slavery of any kind still exists in the modern world. For many slavery is a remnant of a bygone era; an unpleasant and unrepeatable portion of human history. So it's shocking when you learn that slavery not only still exists but is happening across the UK today.

Why Fracking in the UK Is Now a Foregone Conclusion

Charles Whitworth | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charles Whitworth

The benefits to the UK economy of ensuring fracking commences sooner rather than later are pretty obvious. With the tensions in Eastern Europe showing little sign of subsiding, there are growing concerns over our energy independence in the long term, particularly with regard to gas.

The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Comedy

If you're wondering why King Juan Carlos's abdication was such big news this week, it's worth noting that it was also the week that the Tories held on...

The Pomp and Ceremony of the Queen's Speech Reflects and Reinforces Business-as-Usual Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Whilst we still have the same old procession, all we'll get year on year is the same-old faces rehearsing the same-old processes with the same-old policies. I'm looking forward to a year when the most progressive thing about the #QueensSpeech isn't just that it is has its own hashtag.

Pension Reforms Welcome News for Savers

Richard Lloyd | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Last year's Queen's Speech tackled a number of key consumer issues, with Bills on the care system, energy reform, and consumer rights. We were hoping for a similar focus on the needs of consumers this year, and we weren't disappointed.

The Government's Measures Need More Focus on Vulnerable Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

This final Queen's Speech before the next general election has set out some important new opportunities to improve the lives of vulnerable children and the millions of families living in poverty across the country.

What Her Majesty Meant - My Alternative Queen's Speech

Steve Rotheram | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rotheram

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, My government's legislative programme will make a valiant attempt to strengthen the economies of London and the South East in order to benefit the wealthiest in society. Despite the fact that debt will continue to increase and my Chancellor has borrowed more money than he forecast, my ministers will continue with the pretence that their long term economic plan may eventually reduce the deficit... My Government will also continue to cut taxes for the rich whilst failing to tackle the financial insecurity of low wages, the rise of part time, temporary work, unscrupulous employment practices and above all, zero-hours contract abuses.

Think You're Getting The Right To Sack Your MP? Think Again

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

New plans to allow voters to 'sack' their MPs have been branded "meaningless" because critics fear the criteria is so tight they will never be used. ...

Queen's Speech 2014: The Key Points

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

(Key points taken down for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider and David Beresford)...

Will The Queen's Speech Mean Anything For Ordinary Brits?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen's Speech, which listed what the coalition will do for its final year before the general election, will not help for working Britons, trade u...

Watch Dennis Skinner's Queen's Speech Heckle: 'Coalition's Last Stand'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The tradition of Dennis Skinner issuing a heckle in the moments before the Queen's Speech is probably as old as Britain's democracy. This year, the la...

Recall Bill A 'Cynical Stitch-Up' Warns Tory MP

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

New legislation that would allow voters to kick their MP out of parliament mid-term has been attacked as a "stitch up" by one of the staunchest suppor...

Nine Things You Need To Know About Today's Queen's Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen has just delivered her speech for the 2014 State Opening of Parliament, setting out what the coalition will try to do in its final year befo...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Queen Defends Zombies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 4 June 2014... 1) QUEEN DEFENDS ZOMBIES From the Telegraph's editorial: "Today the Que...

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.