Steve Bell on the Queen’s speech – cartoon

Immigration and social care were the key issues addressed in the Queen’s speech 2013 setting out the government’s agenda for the coming parliamentary sessionSteve Bell    
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Queen’s speech: pageantry without purpose | Editorial

The very idea of a cohesive coalition programme about anything other than cuts looks that bit harder to sustainNot everything in Wednesday’s Queen’s speech was bad. On the first day of the experimental royal job share, Her Majesty gave notice that consumer rights would be dragged into the internet age. No one need object to […]
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Queen’s speech: sound and fury signifying nothing | Polly Toynbee

For all the hype surrounding the new bills, Her Majesty could simply have said “Laissez faire” and left it at thatThe folderol and taradiddle, Black Rod’s knocking and all the arcanery of preposterous ceremony did nothing to gild a lame little programme.From out of the velvet pouch came the vellum crafted from goatskin, its ink […]
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Queen’s speech highlights ‘absurd’ tax handicap for UK business

Work by efficiency and reform group and Francis Maude pales into insignificance until government eliminates bulk of business taxationThe Queen’s speech suggests that there will be some further tax and national insurance concessions for some businesses.These would be welcome, but sound like small incremental changes that fail to address the real challenges faced by UK-based […]
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Queen’s speech reveals changes in way royal family intends to operate

The presence of Prince Charles and the absence of plans for foreign tours by the Queen show how the monarchy is changingSomeone was added and something was missing during the customary pomp of the state opening of parliament as the Queen’s speech was delivered on Wednesday.The someone was the Duchess of Cornwall, regally bedecked in […]
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Queen’s speech revives ‘snooper’s charter’ legislation

Downing Street briefing resurrects controversial bill tracking individuals’ email, internet and mobile text useThe government appears to have left open the door to the resurrection of the controversial “snooper’s charter” bill to track everyone’s email, internet and mobile text use.Whitehall sources confirmed that the possibility of legislation remains under discussion despite a declaration by Nick […]
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Queen’s speech 2013 – full text

Government promises measures to reform immigration system and boost economy in speech at state opening of parliamentMy lords and members of the House of Commons.My government’s legislative programme will continue to focus on building a stronger economy so that the United Kingdom can compete and succeed in the world.It will also work to promote a […]
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Queen’s speech to feature new curbs on migrants from EU

Political centrepiece of government’s third Commons agenda will be promise to restrict EU migrants’ access to welfareDavid Cameron will today make his most concerted effort yet to prevent a stampede of his core vote to Ukip by unveiling measures to stem the flow of EU migrants to Britain, including imposing fines on private landlords if […]
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Queen’s speech: a fresh start that won’t upset the backbenchers | Analysis

The political year ahead will not be shaped on Wednesday – but there are at least two landmark reformsEach year, the Queen’s speech, often delivered in the wake of a local election drubbing for the governing party, is presented as the moment of a political fightback. It is the start of a new political year, […]
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Queen’s speeches since 1994: how many bills did they introduce?

Ahead of the 2013 state opening of parliament, we look at how long the Queen’s speech has been over the last two decades, and how many bills it introducedThe Queen has been speaking at the State Opening of Parliament for more than 50 years – her first was in 1952 – and throughout that time […]
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