Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Challenge Facing a Weak Administration; Established 1827

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Challenge Facing a Weak Administration; Established 1827

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NO CARRIAGE, no robes, no crown the dressed-down ceremony for today's Queen's Speech seems wholly appropriate for a Government that has just received such a dressing down from the people. Gone are all the pretensions for a great programme of domestic reform or economic renewal. This is a Government that is just about managing. There are a few sensible measures, such as on domestic violence and insurance reform, but any administration could have introduced them. There is a mass of complex legislation for Brexit, which no previous government contemplated. The Queen's Speech spells out the daunting scale of what is required from recreating a customs regime to recreating co-operation on nuclear safety. We can only imagine what the country could be achieving if it weren't consumed by all this.

The "centrepiece" is described as a Great Repeal Bill, presented as if it were rolling back years of European red tape. In fact, it imports all that red tape into law a Great Regulation Bill. It follows a pattern this Government has established of telling little white lies. Who really believes Donald Trump's state visit was cancelled because of his concern about the public reaction rather than the Prime Minister's? Who now thinks the deal with the DUP was only delayed out of respect for the tragedy at Grenfell Tower? Who today falls for the idea that you have to make Labour's Keir Starmer a member of the medieval Privy Council to have a modern conversation about the terms of Brexit? As if the Rt Hon Diane Abbott can be trusted with the nation's secrets but not a former Director of Public Prosecutions. Enough of this nonsense. We need a different approach.

Compromise This Government is one of the weakest in our history, and it has one of the biggest undertakings of the modern age: disentangling us from over 40 years of lawmaking with our near neighbours. It should acknowledge the scale of the task and the impossibility in this parliament of achieving it alone. …

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