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May 11, 2022 9:00 AM

73DDAre we the only ones disappointed by the Queens speech which outlined the governments plans for the coming year. In all 38 bills are proposed many tinkering around the edges but no clar strategy to take the country forward.

There are things to welcome such as outlawing no fault evictions something first promised by the Conservatives in 2017 but the speech was more notable for what it didnt include such as any further help for those struggling with the price explosion ( it became real today as we had our first electricity bill after the recent price increase which was eye watering!), no promised employment bill which had planned to allow waiting staff to retain tips as an example and nothing about improving home insulation something which would have a real impact on what we spend on energy.

Reassuringly we were told "The government will grow the economy." but no clue given as to how! This despite the fact the Bank of England had recently said a recession was possible and slashed their forecasts for economic growth. How this fits with threats to break the Northern Ireland protocol negotiated to great fanfare only two years ago which would start a trade war with our biggest trading partner was left for others to work out

There was even a proposal to allow ministers without parliamentary scrutiny to change laws we absorbed from the EU but again no examples of what they had in mind. Six years after the referendum you would think someone must know what these mythical benefits actually are

Our leader Ed Davey summed it up well when he said that the Queen's Speech does nothing to help rural communities:

"This Queen's Speech does nothing to help the millions of families and pensioners facing soaring bills and eye watering inflation. The Conservatives have failed to deliver a cut to VAT that would have saved families an average of £600, failed to help pensioners and failed to help the most vulnerable in our society.

The Conservatives are continuing to neglect rural communities. There was nothing in these plans to support farmers on the brink, to tackle soaring ambulance waiting times and GP shortages, or to stop the dumping of filthy sewage into our river and seas.

It shows a Prime Minister refusing to listen to the clear message sent by voters at last week's local elections who are fed up of being taken for granted by this Conservative Government."