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The Queen's Speech - Newsnight would like to know what we think of it

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Nov-09 10:15:09

Good morning Mumsnetters,
Newsnight's Michael Crick is coming to visit grin and wants to know about what we all think of the government's plans as to be revealed (but of course already heavily trailed) in the Queen's Speech Today.

Here's a helpful summary from the BBC.

So what are your thoughts please?

edam Wed 18-Nov-09 10:23:56

Good to see clampdown on bankers' bonuses but I'm deeply cynical about whether they are planning something that will have a real effect. Bet there's plenty of wriggle room.

And it's about far more than bonuses anyway. We need to bring the banks into line and make them recognise that 'too big to fail' means they are social goods with a responsibility to the public, not solely private sector enterprises to make money for bankers and shareholders. (And that includes the ones that weren't officially bailed out - none of them would still be standing without public intervention and a massive injection of funds into the market as a whole.)

Home care for elderly - good in theory but again need to see the details. Social care is already being increasingly restricted to those with the most extreme needs leaving everyone else without support - will this make it worse? Will it actually be something that is helpful, or just spin? Is Niall Dixon right that it will just conflict with existing policy?

The Tories are probably right that most of this won't make it onto the statute book anyway, especially as they are planning to hold it all up in the Lords.

CMOTdibbler Wed 18-Nov-09 10:35:39

It's all just hot air and posing isn't it ? The political equivalent of 'my tonker is bigger than your tonker".

I'm all for free social care - but it needs to be high quality, consistent care, not patched together by private companies who are all trying to make money out of it. Social care should be an integrated part of health care, and therefore should be run by teams who cover health and social needs both in the community and in residential settings. With their own OTs, physios etc who can be called on to make rapid changes and treat when necessary.

And not more new school initiatives please !

colditz Wed 18-Nov-09 10:39:15

I've never heard it and not one of my peers has either.

I'm not sure who she thinks she is addressing, but it's not the Great Unwashed because the Great Unwashed aren't listening.

WilfSell Wed 18-Nov-09 10:39:30

I have already ROFFLED at the 'right to a good education'. It is totally barking up the wrong tree. Education is never improved by establishing more procedures against which users can give feedback and complain. And making it a legal requirement will simply make it much more difficult to recruit teachers and good headteachers I imagine.

Am I being dim here? In what circumstances is taking a school to court going to improve the education my kid gets?

WilfSell Wed 18-Nov-09 10:41:23

Argh! Thatch is back.


policywonk Wed 18-Nov-09 10:43:53

WHere?? <spills tea>

morningpaper Wed 18-Nov-09 10:47:01

I like Mandelson's point that he made in the pre-speech press conference about the Tories objections to this as being a divisive speech were GOOD, in that it shows that there IS a big division here between the two main parties and it is not a matter of voting for the Tories because you are bored of the current government. hmm

I hope that Cameron's banging on about the diviseness of the speech is something that people note - there IS a huge division, particularly over things like elderly care/the Social Care Bill.

I do worry a bit about the promise to halve the budget deficit though - would like to know how that is going to be achieved, exactly, as it's rather a massive plan...

Am NOT impressed with the Tory peers announcement that - hohoho they plan to scupper everything - how arrogant to happily play games by blocking the plans of a democratically elected Government!!

policywonk Wed 18-Nov-09 10:47:53

Colditz - there's a very funny blog post by Danny Finkelstein (Times) here that pretty much makes that point:

'In Westminster there is fevered discussion of so and so’s prospects given the latest to-ings and fro-ings. Out there? Recently the Times pollster Andrew Cooper, of Populus, asked a group to name another prominent Tory apart from David Cameron. “Ed Balls,” replied someone. “Yes, and his brother, Ed Miliband,” said another.

A group in Nottingham were probed on Michael Howard’s Jewishness. Did it matter? When asked if they could recall any Jews in British public life there was a long silence. Then came one confident reply: “Whoopi Goldberg.” '

PerArduaAdNauseum Wed 18-Nov-09 10:48:07

"Bribery Bill - make it offence to bribe foreign officials and for business to fail to prevent bribery". Nice idea, not sure how it will work in practice, but very likely to spike some of the arms traders' marketing plans.

morningpaper Wed 18-Nov-09 10:48:35

Oh but I agree that most people pay NO attention to this.

My local MP (who I sort of stalk on Facebook) has been getting loads of furious complaints from people who think that Nick Clegg and Cameron want to BAN THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS SPEECH!!!

<falls about laughing>

MmeLindt Wed 18-Nov-09 10:50:09

To dismiss it as a 'political exersize' is a bit off though. It is not as if the Government coudl just say, "Oh, we are going to be voted out next year so we just not bohter. Lizzie, stay at home and have a cup of tea."

Yes, to the banks being held responsible for their actions. I agree wiht Edam that we should review our whole thinking on the banking sector. Who decided that RBS is so big that we cannot allow it to fail? What happens with other big companies who go into receivership? Do we go in an rescue them all? DH's company is having a terrible year due to the crisis caused by the banks. They are getting not one dollar of financial assistance from the US Government. Why should the banks?

onebatmother Wed 18-Nov-09 10:50:17

Lol MP. Harsh.
I'm finding all this mutual kidnapping and pomp vairy buttock-clenching. Like when you have to watch them pretending to wassail at Hampton Court Palace.

LeninGrotto Wed 18-Nov-09 10:51:52

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Aubergines Wed 18-Nov-09 10:52:43

Pledge to halve the deficit in four years (Fiscal Responsibility Bill) – I do not agree with this at all. This is going to be a pledge enshrined in legislation and therefore if the target is missed the Government could be sued. That is crazy. Political aspirations have no place in any legal framework. Of course the Government should work to reduce the deficit but I am very much against the new trend for enshrining economic rights in legislation. There are three reasons for this: (1) it carries a great risk that the courts will interfere with political/parliamentary judgments about priority setting (Government must be responsible for economic policy, the courts lack expertise and are not elected); (2) it means one Party trying to hold future Governments to its own aims by enshrining them in legislation and (3) if the target is missed then there will be a long and expensive judicial review process - more public money into the pockets of lawyers.

policywonk Wed 18-Nov-09 10:52:46

They've modernised this year. Jack Straw's going to wear just black tie instead of the full panto dame.

LOL at banning the Queen's xmas broadcast.

LeninGrotto Wed 18-Nov-09 11:05:29

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onebatmother Wed 18-Nov-09 11:05:46

THAT was weird. THe QS crashed MN?

"Am NOT impressed with the Tory peers announcement that - hohoho they plan to scupper everything - how arrogant to happily play games by blocking the plans of a democratically elected Government!"

no precisely MP. Particularly since Cameron has been having a go at GB for politicking with this QS

morningpaper Wed 18-Nov-09 11:07:38

Seriously policywonk, it would be funny it it wasn't so tragic. My local MP got this message posted on his wall: "after yesterdays tv blunder saying the Queens speech is a waste of time???? they just lost pretty much my whole neighbourhoods support aswell as everyone i know at work"

they think it's THE CHRISTMAS SPEECH

seriously, it's a worry....

WilfSell Wed 18-Nov-09 11:07:55

Pol, Thatch is in the audience, looking all healthy in an ermined robe. God, Dave's gonna roll her out in the election isn't he and we're all going to have to wear garlic round our necks.

MN Crashed: it's all the journos registering to see what the Bellends Bellweatherettes think grin

LeninGrotto Wed 18-Nov-09 11:09:19

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morningpaper Wed 18-Nov-09 11:11:06

it's SO wrong and probably illegal

I found myself thinking "Why HAVEN'T Labour got rid of the House of Lords? Wasn't that The Plan?" but then I remember that we DO have Mandelson trilling cheerily about his ermine robes and I'm sort of glad they didn't

Aubergines Wed 18-Nov-09 11:13:31

Would you really want them to get rid of it MP? Not just reform it?

policywonk Wed 18-Nov-09 11:16:00

I know it's not really funny MP but can't stop hooting nevertheless.

There is supposed to be a constitutional reform bit in the QS - hereditary aspect of current hereditary peers will die with them.

LeninGrotto Wed 18-Nov-09 11:16:07

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