This evening Parliament will again vote on a Queens Speech. The Speech did re-commit to reforming mental healthcare and the return (again) of the Domestic Abuse Bill. I hope to amend and improve both areas as the Government brings forward more detailed plans.
But, overall, the Government plans are a grim continuation of much of their existing agenda with little new ideas. Universal Credit will continue to damage lives. The homes we need building will remain unfunded. The NHS is being harshly underfunded. Boris Johnson is a proven liar who won in December on a lightweight manifesto. Even some of the pitiful pledges he put forward last month have already disappeared. The most heartless of all is the cutting of help for child refugees who need to be reunited with family members in the UK. This sends a pathetic message to the world of what Johnson’s Britain can and will be able to do.
A lot of the Queen’s Speech focuses on Brexit. The bogus mantra of the 2019 election of ‘getting it done’ will haunt Johnson. Brexit will take up much of the next months and years and the damage will continue to be felt by people losing their jobs, paying higher prices and losing opportunities. Johnson told Nissan workers during the election that his plans would protect standards and industrial requirements. This has been shelved in office, leaving thousands of jobs at risk.
I’ll be voting against Tory plans today.