Should the Queen’s Speech be used as the starting gun for an election campaign?
Labour made a shower of promises that look very like electioneering in the Queen's speech. A bill on fiscal responsibility - can't the government be fiscally responsible without it? Limiting bonuses, eliminating child poverty - have they not already promised these? Yet more on ASBOs, world poverty and reform of the house of lords - have they not yet had enough time?
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The queen's speech is an excellent opportunity for us to be informed of the government's plan for the years ahead,whilst respecting our heritage.
However, it also highlights the need for fixed term parliaments so that we don't have more then two speeches a year. With fixed term parliaments we could have a whole year of parliamentary debate then we could call the election then have the queen's speech.
By misusing our monarch in this way, the government is damaging the credibility of our parliament further than it has ever before. It is a disgrace.
The monarchy has little more than a superficial role in parliament.
It is an incredible gesture to have the queen talk about the role and actions of the government for the coming year.
The British people should be happy, that their aging monarch is concerned and aware of the intent of the current government.
The queen 'freely' chose to speak and did not express/feel exploited/misused in the least.
It is time that the British people who respect the monarchy and especially Ma, should respect her mind/intelligence and thus capability in freely/independently making her own decisions.
False unattainable(at least not before the election) promises
The Queen has talked about bills that will not be passed any time soon or more specifically before the July election.
Her speech was 'all talk' and no deliverance , the government will have to do severely better than this to win the public over.
The Queen, specifically expressed the contingency's plans not actions.
There is no perjury/ploy/deceit in these plans, these plans are real and honest intentions of the presiding government.
These plans will be in effect as soon as practically possible. The intended bills will be passed. 2 of these so-called 'fantasy bills'
have been passed, already.
Plans lead to action and therefore count.
In lieu of playing politics and using the Queen to gain ground in the coming election , the government should do something constructive(e.g a manifesto pledge not a very Americanised approach through tangled legislation)
The current government is taking the slow route down the road to change. The government instead of simply taking action is wasting time through bureaucratic legislative indulgent over-involvement of every one in power.
The U.K is a democracy: Everyone counts.
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