Hidden in the Queen's speech

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The Tories are making the wrong choices for our country. The Queen's Speech has highlighted yet again the Tories' failure to deliver for the majority. Hidden away in yesterday's plans was a time-bomb affecting a generation. It means raising tuition fees for students once again. It's now reported that their Higher Education Bill will make it easier for universities to raise tuition fees above £9,000.

It's the latest unjust act from David Cameron's failed and unfair Tory Government. Jeremy Corbyn says, "let me be clear, the Labour Party will fight this injustice with everything we have."

David Cameron mentioned right at end of his response in chamber that he would bring forward a vote on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, and the Queen’s Speech said. "Ministers will act to secure the long-term future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent”. This does not appear to have a timetable, and it ought to be running by now...grass and long come to mind.

The Strathclyde review was set up after the House of Lords forced a U-turn on scrapping tax credits, and in December it was decided the unelected Chamber’s powers should be curbed. So will we see true Lords reform or Measures and Instruments that will try to circumvent the Lords and is Cameron willing to take the backlash?

The Tories have a manifesto commitment to abolish the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, reported regularly in the Huffington Post. But a slender majority in the Commons, opposition from some of its own MPs and the likelihood of greater opposition in the Lords has prevented it moving forward. Some seized on the subtle shift in language in the last two years. This will be a dead duck and a headless chicken when this reaches both chambers. Yet Ministers are drawing up intrusive plans for the state to share personal data that could make the aborted identity cards scheme blush.

Cameron told Andrew Marr just three months ago, “we are going to set out in the coming days proposals to make clear the British parliament is sovereign.” But the only reference was to again, “uphold the sovereignty of Parliament”.  A No 10 spokesman said, “there is work underway and we will come forward with proposals in due course". So when's this and how has anyone seen this as a green paper or has this popped out of some think tank?

Taken from the Huffington Post and comments by Brod Ross


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