Parliament has just undergone its most underwhelming State Opening – possibly ever – with a speech delivered by a gimlet-eyed Queen who sounded like she didn’t believe a word she was saying.
And what she said was vague beyond expression.
Here’s the first bit, about Brexit:
"My government's priority has always been to secure the UK's departure from the EU on 31 October"
The Queen begins her speech setting out the government's agenda by outlining plans on Brexit, immigration and the rights of EU citizenshttps://t.co/N3xen7sW1e #QueensSpeech pic.twitter.com/bXt80TZUGM
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 14, 2019
(If you can’t see the video, it’s on Twitter here.)
And here’s the rest of it:
It was a speech that will have satisfied very few people apart from Boris Johnson’s sycophants.
It contained nothing on alleviating poverty, nothing on productivity, nothing on the causes of crime.
Nothing for the WASPI women.
Poor measures on education.
Climate change was included at the end, as an afterthought.
And none of it is likely to be enacted in any case.
It was a stunt by Boris Johnson to distract from his Brexit bungling, that has already been rightly described as disrespectful of the Queen.
And she knew it.
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Always a pointless exercise of pomp and tradition, it was even more so today. What was the point when he just doesn’t have a majority? Just who did any of them think they were kidding? No wonder Dennis Skinner boycotted it!
I saw the first bit of it on tv earlier but couldn’t bear to listen to any more of it. Besides which, I had to go out and walk the mile & half into town (as I can’t afford bus fares) to visit the Library where I spent my last two quid printing out my jobsearch evidence in preparation for tomorrow morning’s signing-on charade at the Jobcentre, where I’m sure as usual the Adviser / Work Coach / Dole Clerk won’t even bother to read the evidence I’ve provided, when I could have spent that last £2 on food or bog roll. Listening to Liz II saying unconvincingly “My Government will do this….and that” bears no relevance to my life whatsoever.
I didn’t know where else to put it but I received this, today, by e.mail, from the the Office For National Statistics:
“The £18bn figure you have mentioned is the five year average gross contribution figure reported by the European Commission however, you are correct in that the actual amount sent to the European Union (as reported by the European commission) was £13.4bn.”
The e.mail goes on to say: “The net contribution which takes into account payments received from the EU was £7.8bn. All of these value are the five year average (2014 to 2018, as reported by the European Commission)”
So, I was correct. Feel free to issue your apology.
£7.8bn equates to £150m per week, so I was correct.
You were arguing that the UK was paying more to the EU. Now the ONS has confirmed that this is not the case.
I have no apology to make.
Just the worst speech our poor Queen has ever had to deliver……