Wednesday, 9 May 2012
The Queen's Speech
What is it then? Well it is an opportunity for Clegg and Cameron to delight us all with their ideas for lots of lovely new laws for the Country to come in the next year or so. Great, we all want more laws don't we, can;t have enough of them?
Being a Coalition the technical term for the proposed legislation is a "bugger's muddle." A few attempts at trying to reform the economy, liberally hidden within a miasma of crazy Lib Dem wish fulfilment (Lord's reform), appealing to single interest pleading lobbies (Small donations bill, groceries bill) and the odd sensible reform around Children in Care.
Comprehensive it is, cohesive it is not. having said that some serious bills are there around reforming public sector pensions - controversial the BBC manages to get in there. As if somehow sane money management is controversial (actually at the BBC maybe they have problems on this issue....). Finally having the Banking bill is a good thing though, the faster the banks are de-toxified the better for the economy.
More depressing are the energy and utility bills which again seemed to be aimed at making anything sensible more difficult whilst at the same time further promoting the hopeless (Nuclear Industry) and the failing (Green investment).
This latter piece is the most worrying, the Country faces an urgent energy crisis as my well informed co-blogger Nick Drew has been writing about for years - yet the Tories seem to be happy to cede ground to Lib Dem fantasies about the Green world, probably because Cameron himself buys into this thinking.
Two things are in the future which are going to bring down this Government or the next - Spain's Euro exit and Power cuts in the UK. As the days tick by, both these events move inexorably closer.