Picture the scene if you can: Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty is seated, getting on with monarchical business. A staff member knocks and enters with an envelope from Downing Street, containing the proposed text of the Queen’s Speech, which is swiftly opened.
HM takes out a single piece of paper, scans it, turns it over (the back is blank). She speaks:
“Is this it?”
Yup. We could well be about to hear the shortest Queen’s Speech in the history of broadcasting. The evening news bulletins will probably be able to broadcast it in its entirety, instead of the usual excerpts.
Only 11 new bills are to go before Parliament. They involve:
- Plans to change the pension system (again), split among two bills – look out, pensioners!
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