The Queen’s Speech was Johnson’s latest attempt to pretend he has a mandate or majority for his disastrous plans and Government. Johnson lied to Her Majesty and unlawfully suspended Parliament. The items mentioned in the Queen’s Speech were largely rehashed May plans, an admission of were the Tories and Lib Dems got things wrong before (eg giving us back some of the police they cut) or bits Johnson knows he cannot deliver.
The idea that Johnson wants to improve law and order is an insult: he voted to cut the police in the first place and oversaw the loss of 400 police officers and PCSOs in Southwark alone when he was Mayor of London. Under his Government, nine in ten crimes go unpunished and stiffer sentences are no hope if no one faces a prosecution! I want Southwark to have the number of officers we need and for them to have the powers and resources required to keep our community safe. Nothing today assures me Johnson understands the problem.
The warm words towards people from other EU member states who are living, working and contributing to the UK follow three years of abuse, anxiety and neglect. The Home Office cannot respond to the level of enquiries it is receiving, is making many mistakes in cases I have seen and cannot answer all Brexit questions given Johnson is still pushing for No Deal.
It was good to hear that reform of the Mental Health Act is still on the agenda but it has been delayed by the unlawful suspension of Parliament. It was interesting to hear the Government again commit to reforming social care – but they’ve been in power for almost a decade and cut help to hundreds of thousands of older and disabled people. New domestic abuse legislation is also welcome but the Government is still resisting amendments to ensure anyone, but especially women, fleeing domestic abuse can access a safe, permanent home.
Johnson still thinks he can get away with deceiving the public. The Queen’s Speech is just the latest example of his deceit.