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by GK Strategy 18th May, 2016
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GK’s Analysis of the Queen’s speech

Despite the cloud of EU uncertainty looming over the UK, it was very much “business as usual” in Westminster today with the Queen presenting the Government’s legislative agenda for the next parliamentary year, with parliamentary pantomime and pageantry in overload.

Although a hefty twenty-one bills were announced, they do not amount to a grand sweep of radical reforms, instead we see new focus on social justice – with eye-catching plans to speed up the adoption process and new attempts to address the poor performance of UK prisons in rehabilitating offenders. Ministers will introduce an oddly titled ‘Education for All’ Bill, which won’t now include the measures announced at the Budget to force all schools to become academies. We can only speculate that they were abandoned due to some very publicly made objections from Conservative backbenchers.

The Government will try and push ahead with the controversial bill to grant the security agencies more powers to collect data from the public (dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter” by critics) which failed to pass in the last parliamentary year, and the idea of a British Bill of Rights is back again, subject to a consultation, before an anticipated tough battle in the Commons. The referendum has clearly slowed the pace of reform, and with the polls too close to call for now, the outcome of June 23rd could push many of these bills into the long grass as the shadow of the biggest vote in a generation grows bigger by the day.

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