"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Queen's Speech: Summary

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a kingdom - a nation which is shortly to disappear from maps leaving barely a trace and an echoing squeak. By many it was regarded as a beautiful, romantic land, with castles, palaces, a place of forests & fairy-tales; myths & legends. Words like honour & integrity, work ethic & self-respect were held in deep regard.

Fast forward and, like so many actors in a presentation of 'Ruritania Resurrected', members of the Houses of Commons and Lords donned their finest attitudes and turned out en masse for a walk-on part in today's pageantry. Thumbed-up noses, to the right, quick march.

It really was an unbelievable spectacle, one which I've enjoyed over the years, but this year there was a poignancy and more than a touch of regret. The preening hypocrisy on display was tear-jerking. There was no pride, except in self, no honesty, no integrity.

The Queen read out the government's statement with half-swallowed gulps, sighs and hesitation. Will we ever know if she put up a fight against giving the Royal Assent to Lisbon? It's hard to believe she didn't know what was going on or hasn't been complicit but I really wish she'd been able to simply tear up the speech, spit in their eyes and process back to the Palace, leaving the pompous Brown and his government of the not-so-Righteous in disarray.

The  speech itself was very short in comparison with previous years and the main points were:

'Enhancing' governance of the financial sector
Legislation to halve the budget deficit
Widening the provision of free personal care for those in highest need
Legislation guaranteeing to raise educational standards
'Protecting' communities by making parents take responsibility for their children's behaviour
Amending the communications infrastructure to 'make it fit for the digital age'
Supporting carbon capture and storage and helping 'vulnerable households with energy bills'
Protecting communities from flooding and protecting water supplies
Addressing differences in pay between men and women
Ensuring agency workers are treated equally
Pushing on with constitutional reform
Strengthening the bribery law
Banning cluster bombs

Two draft bills were also announced:

To reform the House of Lords and make it substantially or wholly elected
To make binding the commitment for 0.7% of government spending from 2013 to be on International Development.

To all intent and purposes, it was an enormous waste of money.  Sound & fury signifying nothing - well, not even that really, there is plenty of sound but no fury, no guts in this dying government.  It was a worthless, graceless speech and there is very little chance of any legislation being enacted before the next GE - for which we can give thanks for small mercies.  After all, how scorched does the earth have to be before it's acknowledged as being well and truly scorched?  Or, perhaps, the government is just salting the ground behind them.


  1. Gordon Brown, like Blair, has told whoppers all his life, GV, so he thinks nothing of making the Queen tell lies to the whole Parliament! He loathes the monarchy and would get rid of it in the blink of an eye if he possibly could and he's more or less already done it with his treasonous ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

  2. > To make binding the commitment for 0.7% of government spending from 2013 to be on International Development.

    Sickening! The one thing that shouldn't be taxpayer funded and they want to guarantee foreigners the "fruits" of extortion.

  3. Don't you just loe the weselly language! "'Enhancing' governance" .... does that mean 'regulation of the banks'? That's what it is supposed to sound like it means. When the times comes, though, magically, it will turn out to have meant something completely different.

    " ... halve the budget deficit": could that p[ossibly mean cuts in public expenditure? See above.

    And so on, and on.

    Liars tell lies. That's what liars do. They tell lies. So, what should we expect?

  4. Keyboard is dying, GV. Sorry for all the typos.

  5. Cleggy boy was right, well of course he was - but I just can't understand how people can put up with it - it's clearly a bunch of vague labour manifesto pledges that are meaningless, and should have been done in the last 12 years -

    'help the elderly' 'good education'? 'force later parliaments to halve the deficit (unconstitutional) - and how long ago was the vote on the lords now?

  6. It will be interesting to see how far they can push any of these measures - Cons have said they'll fight them all the way. It's about time they stepped up to the plate & showed what they're made of. I'm still waiting on an announcement of a Grand Repeal Act from them.


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