The Queen's Speech

ended 10. May 2022

A lot of the news today will be dominated by the Queen's Speech. In the spotlight will be:

  • New police powers to prevent disruptive yet peaceful protests, a move that will anger civil liberty groups. The Home Secretary says the powers will prevent the "outrageous behaviour" of "disruptive protests carried out by a "self-indulgent minority who seem to revel in causing mayhem and misery". The Liberal Dems warned the plans were "dangerous and draconian".
  • New measures to get on top of inflation and help hard-hit households 
  • More announcements on what the Govt is doing to continue its ‘levelling up programme’ aimed at tackling regional disparities in the UK.

In short, it's quite a controversial one so if you have any views on any of the above — and the public order bill is likely to get most attention — by all means fire them across before or after the speech, which is at 11:30am and being read by Prince Charles. We will leave this News Alert open until 14:00 today. 

5 responses from the Newspage community

The Home Secretary says the "outrageous behaviour carried out by a self-indulgent minority who seem to revel in causing mayhem and misery" needs to be curtailed. It's coincidental how she could equally be describing the current crop of Tories, disaster capitalists and fossil fuel big wigs, some of whom just happen to be Tory party donors rather than the climate activists alone. This public order bill is another step toward the fictional Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta, and everyone with any sense of natural justice and democracy should be against it. But unfortunately, far too many people forget that George Orwell wrote Animal Farm as a warning, not an instruction manual. Think about this for a second - the government are about to enact legislation that would have criminalised suffragettes from protesting and demanding the right for women to vote. Think about that next time you walk into a polling station.
Drier than a Californian sauvignon blanc in more ways than one. 2 key points from us on the business side, namely promise of reform on a number of areas , but nothing about "what" areas of business would be repealed and reformed, so we are keen to understand more about what this may mean for SME business. and will it potentially unlock some of the restrictions on UK business bought on as a result of Brexit. Disappointing that there was nothing on the Employment Bill in terms of reform after Brexit, as this could have significantly enabled UK business at a time when needed most. Secondly, as a rural business it was interesting to see there is some focus on levelling up, that includes areas of farming, agriculture and food production which has been long overdue in the UK. Overall, very much like the spring statement, another missed opportunity from the UK government.
Houses are officially unaffordable for self-employed or small business owners but we are allowed to buy self-driving cars when there are nowhere near enough charging points to make this decision sustainable. What about help for company directors who've been struggling for the past 2 years? I think it's a shame to have to dream about Back to the Future kind of cars when you can't even heat your house or pay the rent. It seems the only important thing is how the country looks on the outside whilst small business owners are paying the price.
I particularly noted Prince Charles state that procurement would be improved for small businesses - this is a crucial area given the difficulties small businesses are facing right now. Improved access to tendering opportunities at central and local government level combined with realy measurable commitments to prompt payment would go some way to support small busineses to survive. Now is the time to continue to pull together, not add more red tape.
The Home Secretary doesn't need to look far to see "outrageous behaviour", OR the "self-indulgent minority who...revel in..misery". A mirror would do. The right to protest must be protected. In some instances, as much as it may have inconvenienced me personally - even when I don't agree with the aims - that right of peaceful protest is something that I am not prepared to lose. Our government has been great at coming up with meaningless statements simply to cover up their lies and incompetence for so long, that I would find it hard to believe that if they told me water was wet. Public confidence in the institutions we OUGHT to be able to trust is at an all time low. This situation is not improving, and no matter how many claims are made about "levelling up", they are as empty as every other promise these people make. Be that in Parliament, on the side of a bus, or mumbled from the inside a fridge. Yet again, nothing on what they will do about this mess that is Brexit. Yet again, they dodge responsibility for it,despite being the ones who crowed about their "victory" I don't know why I was surprised. What we need,more than ever, is proportional representation, so that the voices of the constituents can be heard over the egos of the privileged few.