The commentators 28-05-15
...on the Queen's Speech
Will David Cameron turn out to be a Margaret Thatcher, who thrived on a good scrap, or a John Major, who was gradually worn down by his critics, especially in his own party, and the ill-luck that befalls most leaders? It is certain that coalition has not prepared David Cameron for the convulsions and confrontations that lie ahead. Yet here is a robust set of policies on which he has staked his reputation. Perhaps against his own instincts and deepest wishes, he finds himself cast in the role of a radical Tory Prime Minister with genuinely Tory policies.
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
The bedroom tax was a cruel policy when it was first conceived, and its application has been even more heartless. It has caused immense suffering, and must be scrapped as a matter of urgency.
If men’s razors are considered essential items and women’s sanitary products are taxed as a luxury, we’ve actually gone through the looking glass. The tampon tax is unfair and needs to be ended.
- Harriet Williamson, The Independent
To his own surprise, Cameron last month snatched victory from the jaws of predicted defeat. He can laugh in the face of those who accused him of lacking stomach for a fight. He is a confident gambler. But as he embarks on his European venture, one of the greatest gambles a PM has taken in recent times, he leaves his stall in the political market place curiously empty. He leaves a country wanting more.
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
There was one gaping hole at the heart of the Speech. Contrary to all predictions, the Government has made no immediate plans to repeal Labour’s infamous 1998 Human Rights Act, which imposed alien rule from Strasbourg on our judicial system. According to Conservative insiders, the task of unravelling the perverse legal mess created by Labour is proving fiendishly difficult because the European human rights legislation is now woven so deeply into the fabric of British law.
- Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
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