Each session of Parliament begins with the pageantry of the State Opening, the summonsing of the Commons to the House of Lords by Black Rod and the Queen’s Speech, in which the Monarch lists the Bills that the Government will put before Parliament.
The Sunday Times, however, has revealed secret Tory plans to change all of that. Apparently, there is:
“a radical idea to reform the Queen’s speech”.
The plan is that:
“she should no longer read out the traditional shopping list of bills. Instead, her address at the first state opening of a Cameron government would not mention any specific legislation but would offer a more general message.”
This extraordinary idea would turn the present anodyne statement of proposed legislation into a sort of regal party political broadcast packed with the sort of meaningless feel-good sentiments that Cameron’s Conservatives prefer to clarity about their real plans. And even at that late stage the public wouldn’t be permitted to know what laws the Tories were intending to put through Parliament.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. But I wonder what Her Majesty thinks.