Queen’s Speech: The Key Points

Source: The Guardian

As many know, the Queen has recently informed the nation of the new parliamentary business agenda for the foreseeable year coming, in front of parliament itself.

Within the article, its states that the Prime Minister David Cameron has described the speech as a “One Nation Queen’s Speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government”, using the opportunities presented by Britain’s strengthening economy to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Below are some of the key points highlighted from the queens speech:

  • High speed broadband: The rights for families to have automatic compensation if their broadband fails is proposed, under measures announced in the Queen’s speech.
  • British Bill of Rights: David Cameron risks a major row with opposition MPs and civil liberties organisations, by trying to push ahead with plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’. Furthermore, the Government will publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights, arguing that it will restore “common sense” to human rights legislation.
  • Better Bus services: The Bus Services Bill will give elected mayors powers over buses nationally.
  • Education and Young People: Currently, councils are responsible for moving pupils who have been excluded from school into other arrangements but there are concerns that this leads to students being forgotten about. Now schools will consequently be responsible for this themselves and the hope is it will lead to specialist centres being set up to help pupils back into mainstream education.
  • Justice and Prisons Reforms: Prisons will have to compile data on education and reoffending under a new drive for openness.
  • Sugar Tax: A new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks will be introduced from April 2018.

These are the key factors that ThePoliticsView has chosen from the Guardians article, however many additional factors were covered in the Queens speech that are also a major part of the Governments new agenda, including:

  • Tackling Extremism
  • International Development
  • National Security
  • National Citizens Service
  • Spaceports, Driverless Cars and Drones
  • NHS
  • Pensions and Savings
  • Welsh Devolution Settlements

What did you make of the Queens Speech?

Is their enough depth to the new Agenda? Will it be carried out successfully by the Government? What’s the biggest issue to address first on the Agenda? What do you disagree with most about the Agenda?

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Capitalists are happy about London’s ‘rubbish’ trains being renationalised

Source: The Independent, YouGov

The Independent have complied an article to state that ”There was jubilation across the capital on Thursday when it was announced London’s commuter train network is going to be handed over to the publicly owned Transport for London (TfL).”

They foreward this to say ”The Mayor of London will be responsible for the Southeastern rail franchise from 2018 and Thameslink from 2021, which will be incorporated into TfL’s existing Overground network.”

Expected changes when control by the patchwork of competing private franchises ends include:

  • cheaper TfL zoned fares
  • more frequent services
  • new trains
  • More staff at stations
  • Environmental improvements to stations

What’s your view of this?

Should the Railway setup in London be a factor of Renationalisation? Are London trains effective enough to run as they currently are? How much would a revamp of London train roads and stations be roughly?

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Transport chief in County Hall Council sets challenge to rail operators running Herts commuter routes

Source: The Comet

The Comet state that ”Herts County Council’s transport chief and challenged to sort out unreliable service caused by driver shortages”

From reading the article above, What’s your view on this? Is this an effective way of alleviating the constant transport issues in train services? What else could be done to implement a better transport system? Is this the right way?

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