Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Queen's Speech 2012

In local elections outside London, hundreds of Tory and Lib Dem councillors lost to Labour, yet London’s Mayoral election supplied a nail-biting finish.

Despite wild predictions of easy victory, Boris just managed a relieved stagger over the finishing line.  He acknowledged how close defeat came, saying he, “survived wind, rain and the endorsement of David Cameron.”

Whilst the Parliamentary Conservative Party stabbed each other’s backs in recrimination and reproach, Parliament turned to the pomp and pageantry of the Queen’s Speech.

This Queen’s Speech was an opportunity for Cameron to persuade the British people that posh boys understand how difficult life is under his Government, it was a time to apologise for the budget and show us a plan for jobs and growth.

He could have told the country how the Coalition will deal with the worst unemployment in 16 years; how the million unemployed young people will get meaningful jobs and how it will get us out of the Tory double-dip Recession.

Where were strategies to boost employment, build houses, help families struggling with the soaring cost of living?  Where was the fair deal on taxation and ways to stop soaring gas, electricity and transport costs?

Sadly, the Speech contained neither the measures to get Britain working again, nor those to address all our other urgent problems, like the elderly care crisis.

The Government have already run out of energy, initiative and leadership.  It’s a wasted opportunity from a wastrel Government.

Cameron promised economic recovery, but delivered a Recession.  ”We’re all in this together,” he says, then makes millions pay more, so millionaires can pay less.

This Queen’s Speech, Cameron’s message to the British people, offered no change:  no improvement: no hope.  Sadly Cameron is proving to be an unexceptional PR man with little style and no substance.

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