The State Opening of Parliament and Queens Speech will allow all of us to learn a number of unpalatable things. The first is to demonstrate the extent to which the building was designed for a much smaller Parliament, or perhaps the extent to which our democracy is suffering from a growing obesity problem. This coupled with the knowledge of how few MPs or Lords attend the same building for debates and votes on matters that impact all of us shows in visual form how badly out of kilter this Mother of all Parliaments really is. The other lessons from today relate to the content of the speech, and some notable absences. There will apparently not be a statement on the Governments decision to rid us of the Human Rights Act and its link to the European Convention on Human Rights. This is because of the delay in compiling the British Bill of Rights, something that is already on its sixth draft, none of which have been seen in public, yet the Government originally wanted this to be passed before the end of 2015. This is a matter that should be of great concern to us, our rights are being re-written in a manner that suits one political party with a mere 337 MPs, 224 Lords and less than 150,000 members, but bankrolled by Big Business. There will be a promise to remove subsidies from on shore wind farms, which provide us with safe renewable energy and to give local people the power to stop them being built in their backyard, however there will be no commensurate removal of subsidy or planning powers given to local people over nuclear power plants which will begin to be built over the next decade, even though these carry a significant level of risk . Finally it is unlikely that the Queens Speech will make any mention of the inquiry into Childhood Sexual Exploitation. Something that was promised by Theresa May last July, and it is understood will not start until well after the Bill of Rights has been written and has made its way through both houses of Parliament. The estimation for its completion is 2023, 9 years after it was promised.
These snippets point towards a very peculiar set of values and priorities, we English are known for our eccentricities, but these contrasting issues suggest our government has become far to dangerous to be considered eccentric.