Andrew Allison

Queen’s Speech

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2006 at 7:45 pm

Today we heard a Queen’s Speech I was expecting. Very general; low in detail. I really don’t feel anymore informed today than I was yesterday. It seem as if everyone in Whitehall is waiting for Tony Blair to go, and for the new chap to take over; the heavyweight champion of the world, with the knockout punch. We do know the government will do everything in its power to bring Israel and the Palestinians together around the peace table. Middle Eastern peace is a priority. I would think this was noble if it were not for the fact the Middle East is a more volatile place now – thanks to the Iraq policy – than it was a few years ago; but we knew this policy already. This has more to do with the prime minister trying to secure a legacy – in the same way Bill Clinton tried at the end of his presidency. We also know Her Majesty’s government will do everything in its power to help the government of Iraq work effectively. How? Who knows. The devil is in the detail, as the saying goes; but we don’t have the detail, do we?

We also know the government will push through the ID cards bill. They know it would not have stopped the 7/7 bombings in London. They know it is going to be costly and they know it is going to be hugely difficult to implement. Our only hope is that Gordon Brown is not as convinced on ID cards as he makes out, and he will kill it dead in the water when he becomes PM. I don’t really think it will happen, but I like to live in hope.

If anyone heard Ming Campbell this afternoon, you will have heard him say there have been 365 new Acts of Parliament since Labour came to power. That is amazing! Even I was surprised it was that many. Three new bills a month, on average. I think I would have trouble naming fifty Acts of Parliament; and this lot have enacted 365. Our rights and freedoms are being steadily eroded in this country by a prime minister who has little or no regard for our ancient ways and customs. Again – living in hope – I can only hope that his replacement will have more respect for our unwritten constitution and will not try and take more of our rights away from us. Control freaks? This lot have rewritten the text books.

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