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S30 - Queen's Speech for Parliament XXVI




Queen's Speech for Parliament XXVI



My Lords and members of the House of Commons.

My government will legislate to break down the barriers to prosperity. It will adopt a rational approach, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and addressing the immense challenges we face in 21st century Britain.

My government will seek to reform and simplify the Income Tax system by merging Income Tax with National Insurance. They will abolish the outdated, unfair, regressive death tax - Inheritance Tax. My government will display its fiscal prudence by bringing public finances under control and reducing the deficit, so Britain can live within its means. They will ensure that Britain is open for business by making it attractive to business. My government will reform the current welfare system by seeking to implement Negative Income Tax.

My government will treat cybercrime like any other crime and will increase funding for community policing to help encourage the communities to prevent crime and enable basic information to be gathered. They will implement no-fault divorces and reform Police and Crime Commissioners. My government will legislate to increase sentencing for more serious crimes and more rehabilitation for all convicts. My government will ensure that immigrants who come to the UK speaking little English or don’t speak it at all have access to English classes, especially vulnerable, isolated women from countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh.

To ensure that Britain is ready to face foreign threats, my government will retain Trident and maintain the NATO defence spending target of 2% of GDP. They will abolish the 0.7% of GDP commitment to foreign aid and invest in the training and equipment of our armed forces.

My government will work to end housing inequality by eliminating the idea that someone’s sources of income affects whether or not they should be able to access housing, and by continuing to invest in building sustainable, affordable housing.

My government will continue to develop the country's infrastructure by seeking to ensure that near 100% of my country’s population has 3G coverage and 4G coverage. My government will lead the way in investing in 5G technologies and ensuring the cities and towns of my country have low-cost good quality super fast broadband.

In England, my government will integrate healthcare and social care, and ensuring the National Health Service works on a 7 day basis. Measures will be introduced to improve access to general practitioners and to mental healthcare, especially in our schools. My government will also ensure that the NHS uses its land and property efficiently.

To increase the standards of education in Britain, my government will prevent schools rated anything other than Good or Outstanding from expanding and require new schools to pair up with existing Outstanding schools. They will also ensure that all schools have a dedicated Mental Health representative on-site. My government will reform PSHE and introduce financial education and sexual health programs, giving students the preparation and skills for adulthood. To relieve the pressure off our students and teachers, my government will remove SATs. They will also introduce legislation to make private tutors more accessible.

To ensure that my country is fit for the future, my government will continue to commit to significant environmental measures through ensuring that 100% of our energy is renewable by 2035; by committing to banning hydrocarbon powered cars from 2040, and banning the use of bee harming pesticides.

My government notices the issue surrounding licence fees and will seek decriminalisation of not paying the TV licence fee. They will also make sure that students are exempt from paying the TV licence fees. My government will expand and protect school sport partnerships. They will ensure that people have more control over their data and how it is used by introducing new measures.

Members of the House of Commons:

Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:

Other measures will be laid before you.

I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.
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Aye!

Glad to have worked with CoffeeGeek to draft this and proud to have been the first government to introduce this.

I hope we can turn this into a meaningful part of starting a government.

If anyone has any issues or questions I'll be happy to answer/debate them with you
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Aye. I’m proud that this is the first item we submit as a government - absolutely unprecedented.
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Aye!

Glad to have worked with CoffeeGeek to draft this and proud to have been the first government to introduce this.

I hope we can turn this into a meaningful part of starting a government.

If anyone has any issues or questions I'll be happy to answer/debate them with you
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I’m fairly certain that the PSHE measures have already been done in the past.
And with abolishing inheritance tax, you are giving a tax cut to the super-rich whilst having no impact on anyone else. Shows how out of touch this government is. At the very least I hope that income derived from inheritance is then treated as a capital gain and as such capital gains tax should be applied.

The TV licence is vital for not only maintaining the BBC but also for maintaining the emergency broadcast channels in the U.K. in event of war. You only have to pay for it if you watch TV and making it free for students is rather meh.

The NHS is already a 7 day service and the staff are drastically overworked. I was in A&E over Christmas and all of the nurses there were working 12 hour shifts. It’s ridiculous that this government wants to stretch the service any more without putting the money in and getting more doctors and nurses in from overseas. We need to dramatically improve working conditions in our health service before we can look to expand it.

Cutting foreign aid will damage us, we need foreign aid as soft power leverage and if this country is seen as turning its back on the developing world we only risk more terrorist attacks in years to come. Yes our troops need better equipment but not at the expense of them facing more hostility when on deployment.

The rest of this speech is very vanilla and as such I ask the house to reject this poorly thought through speech by this out of touch government.
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Saracen's Fez if you want a way for the PM to commend the confidence of the house you could make it so that the government need to pass a Queen’s speech which if they don’t coalition negotiations start again.
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I generally agree with the contents of this (bar the bits on energy and environment, outright rejection of nuclear as an alternative power source is idiotic really) and as such I will be voting aye if this is put to a vote.

I do have a question though, cranbrook_aspie DayneD89 if elected speaker, will you be considering a vote on this speech to be a vote of confidence in the government, as per real life precedent?
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I’m fairly certain that the PSHE measures have already been done in the past.
Don't think so. Especially not the measures our Education Secretary, ns_2, has planned.

And with abolishing inheritance tax, you are giving a tax cut to the super-rich whilst having no impact on anyone else. Shows how out of touch this government is. At the very least I hope that income derived from inheritance is then treated as a capital gain and as such capital gains tax should be applied.
That's interesting because even left-leaning people consider the tax unfair and regressive - which it is.

The TV licence is vital for not only maintaining the BBC but also for maintaining the emergency broadcast channels in the U.K. in event of war. You only have to pay for it if you watch TV and making it free for students is rather meh.
We're not proposing the removal of it, we're proposing a change in the way it's done. Too much court time is wasted on people not paying TV licence fees - it's ridiculous.

The NHS is already a 7 day service and the staff are drastically overworked. I was in A&E over Christmas and all of the nurses there were working 12 hour shifts. It’s ridiculous that this government wants to stretch the service any more without putting the money in and getting more doctors and nurses in from overseas. We need to dramatically improve working conditions in our health service before we can look to expand it.
We are going to ensure it continues to work on a 7 day basis. Where did we say we wouldn't put more money in it? Baseless assumption.

Cutting foreign aid will damage us, we need foreign aid as soft power leverage and if this country is seen as turning its back on the developing world we only risk more terrorist attacks in years to come. Yes our troops need better equipment but not at the expense of them facing more hostility when on deployment.
Nothing says we are cutting foreign aid, simply abolishing the 0.7% commitment.

The rest of this speech is very vanilla and as such I ask the house to reject this poorly thought through speech by this out of touch government.
By vanilla you mean better than what the Socialist Party can come up with.

I wouldn't call us out of touch when the Socialist Party's name is next to the "White Genocide Bill". If anyone is out of touch it's your party.

(Original post by Aph)
Saracen's Fez if you want a way for the PM to commend the confidence of the house you could make it so that the government need to pass a Queen’s speech which if they don’t coalition negotiations start again.
This is not fair on minority governments, which is the norm in the MHoC. So it wouldn't be too hard for a minority government to fail at passing the Queen's Speech.
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Median household wealth is £225k. Inheritance tax does not begin until £325k in assets has been inherited, or £650k in the case of a married couple (i.e. most deaths at present). Please explain a) how this could possibly be regarded as regressive, and b) which less regressive measures you plan to make up for the over £5bn drop in annual revenue this will cause.
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I'm pleased to see the government have pilfered some policies from our GE manifesto – but there is plenty to oppose here too.

(Original post by Aph)
Saracen's Fez if you want a way for the PM to commend the confidence of the house you could make it so that the government need to pass a Queen’s speech which if they don’t coalition negotiations start again.

No, that's a cumbersome way to do it. My favoured approach would be to elect the PM (who would stand on a coalition ticket) like Holyrood and Cardiff Bay, rather than automatically allow the largest coalition into government as per currently.


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I do have a question though, cranbrook_aspie DayneD89 if elected speaker, will you be considering a vote on this speech to be a vote of confidence in the government, as per real life precedent?
That's not the case since the FTPA though, is it?
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And if inheritance tax is to be abolished, inherited property should be taxed as capital gains like anything else.
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Luving this.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
I'm pleased to see the government have pilfered some policies from our GE manifesto – but there is plenty to oppose here too.

That's not the case since the FTPA though, is it?
No, a Queen’s Speech failing is still a de facto no confidence vote, I remember Corbyn and McDonnell piping up about it saying they’ll vote it down back in June.
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No, a Queen’s Speech failing is still a de facto no confidence vote, I remember Corbyn and McDonnell piping up about it saying they’ll vote it down back in June.
De facto, or sufficient to trigger a GE under the new rules?
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Don't think so. Especially not the measures our Education Secretary, ns_2, has planned.

That's interesting because even left-leaning people consider the tax unfair and regressive - which it is.
Well I wait to see them but I still believe that you are wrong.

And A) that isn’t a defence
B) just because some people think that way doesn’t mean I should.

We're not proposing the removal of it, we're proposing a change in the way it's done. Too much court time is wasted on people not paying TV licence fees - it's ridiculous.

We are going to ensure it continues to work on a 7 day basis. Where did we say we wouldn't put more money in it? Baseless assumption.
I don’t see how else you can do it because it is a criminal matter not paying what is essentially a tax.

Then I might suggest that you amend your wording to say that it continues to work on a 7 day basis. How are you going to increase funding to the NHS whilst cutting taxes and reducing spending?



Nothing says we are cutting foreign aid, simply abolishing the 0.7% commitment.
there is no need to abolish the commitment if you don’t intend to break it, and you say that you will arm the troops in the same breath so it’s a reasonable assumption.
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A lot of good in this, the simplification of income tax and your intent for education are particularly seem to stand out.
The crime section is good with a larger focus on cybercrime whilst prioritising rehab although I do wonder on the purpose of providing English classes.
It is nice to see that the government plans to improve efficiency, in regards to TV licences and infrastructure.
I’m surprised to see that there is a clear support for completely renewable energy when there could be commitment to the development into more lucrative nuclear power (an opinion that I see Connor has already raised).
Housing seems a bit unclear to me but I’m sure the government will happily clarify on their plans for tackling this over time.
Overall, a good first statement from the government (and something nice to see at the end of the year) and thus I will happily say Aye to it
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(Original post by Connor27)
I generally agree with the contents of this (bar the bits on energy and environment, outright rejection of nuclear as an alternative power source is idiotic really) and as such I will be voting aye if this is put to a vote.

I do have a question though, cranbrook_aspie DayneD89 if elected speaker, will you be considering a vote on this speech to be a vote of confidence in the government, as per real life precedent?
No, to do so would disincentivize making a queens speech as without it there would be no vote of confidence.

On the nuclear part that may be my fault. Until recently I would have agreed that nuclear power is a necessity, but recent advances, especially in wind farms, have changed my mind. Firstly it's about cost. We are going to be stuck paying nearly £100/mwh (plus inflation) for decades on the existing nuclear contract at hinkley. In the meantime wind power costs have fallen dramatically in the last few years and are now already under £60/mwh. Secondly it is about taking advantage of an opportunity. We have a great untapped resource in the northern sea and north-east Atlantic in the form of wind energy, and there is enough power there to generate enough power for us to become a clean energy exporter to Europe rather than nuclear power that has the obvious downsides and leaves us dependent on foreign powers for energy. Recent improvements in battery technology now allow them to put power directly into the grid, ending on of the biggest drawbacks to offshore wind, and it generates more electricity per pound of investment. Wind power is now the way to go.
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(Original post by DayneD89)
No, to do so would disincentivize making a queens speech as without it there would be no vote of confidence.

On the nuclear part that may be my fault. Until recently I would have agreed that nuclear power is a necessity, but recent advances, especially in wind farms, have changed my mind. Firstly it's about cost. We are going to be stuck paying nearly £100/mwh (plus inflation) for decades on the existing nuclear contract at hinkley. In the meantime wind power costs have fallen dramatically in the last few years and are now already under £60/mwh. Secondly it is about taking advantage of an opportunity. We have a great untapped resource in the northern sea and north-east Atlantic in the form of wind energy, and there is enough power there to generate enough power for us to become a clean energy exporter to Europe rather than nuclear power that has the obvious downsides and leaves us dependent on foreign powers for energy. Recent improvements in battery technology now allow them to put power directly into the grid, ending on of the biggest drawbacks to offshore wind, and it generates more electricity per pound of investment. Wind power is now the way to go.
Hear hear! Very glad to see the Government take a sensible position on energy.
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I’m fairly certain that the PSHE measures have already been done in the past.
I can confirm, in my capacity as Secretary of State for Education, that, as delineated by CoffeeGeek, this Government, through the Department for Education, wishes to implement a more pragmatic and comprehensive overhaul of the current, defunct, out-of-date PSHE scheme with defined criteria and defined elements that more appropriately prepare pupils for 'life beyond education'. Greater details apropos of said overhaul will be included in full within the Statement of Intent from Her Majesty’s Department for Education.
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Aye I'm very glad to see the first ever Queen speech being proposed here. Hopefully this passes and makes Mhoc history
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