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What did you think of the Queen's speech?

The government has defended its decision not to include legislation in the Queen's Speech on MPs' expenses. Should such laws have been a priority?

Key measures in the Queen's Speech include a crackdown on excesses in the City and a legal obligation to halve the budget deficit within four years. But the government did not include legislation on MPs' expenses.

Sir Christopher Kelly, who proposed the expense reforms, said he was "disappointed". But Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said the government had instead "set up an independent regulator, ending hundreds of years of self regulation".

What do you think of the pledges announced? Will the government get its programme through? Can the government build a long-term recovery? How important is the expenses issue?

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Published: Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 10:49 GMT 10:49 UK

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Added: Friday, 20 November, 2009, 17:23 GMT 17:23 UK

Enough has been said about the expenses issue; enough has been done about the expenses issue.
Independent regulation should be the answer - at least one of the answers.
The other is the voter who should check the financial doings of his or her candiate before applying the "X" .
Anyway, I believe the legislation to enforce independent review and its consequences will be in place in a timely manner.

[BluesBerry], Toronto, Canada

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 23:56 GMT 23:56 UK

gloss over and pomp.whoever gets voted in at the next election the taxpayer is going to be hit with tax rises like never before,this country is bankrupt.

newstale, walsall

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:45 GMT 14:45 UK

There seemed to be no sign of recession, with all the razzamatazz around Westminster

Mr N Spartan, Coventry,UK

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:37 GMT 14:37 UK

Why are people still banging on about the recession? We know it's here, but we also know it may be over and that we are on the up again, so let's stop moaning and get on with it. Or would you rather there still was a recession so that you can blame it all on Brown? Surely not...

Marlin from Ashford, London

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:36 GMT 14:36 UK

Labour would hardly mention anything that could be used as evidence against its memebers in court! this story will overshadow all others in the run up to the election

peter blake, london

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:34 GMT 14:34 UK

I don't think the Queen cares much about the speech; why should she? It will hardly make any difference to her who's in charge, the lucky thing.

Marlin from Ashford, London

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:31 GMT 14:31 UK

The Queen's speech may be analysed and reanalysed to confirm if what she said based on what she thinks or all that she said bases on the Labour Party's manifesto or thats something different.

ARShams Reflection, Pakistan

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:29 GMT 14:29 UK

Yet more promises and rubbish laws to try and improve education after 12 years of utter failure.

How about legislating to force schools and LEAs to turn out kids that are employable? Let them be fined for every child leaving with no qualifications.

And, if kids don't want to learn and are unemployable I don't want to work to keep them on benefits for the rest of their lives.

[SirTaxedalot], Sheffield

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 14:19 GMT 14:19 UK

It is not really the Queens Speech, so for a start maybe it should be called 'The Govt's List Of Things To Do' Generally though, the ceremony that is the Queens speech is a part of our rich democratic history and has to be cherished. It is very easy for people to snipe at the occasion as an irrelevance, but there has, and must be room for ceremonies such as these to remind us all that we live in a country rich in history and tradition. It is these which provide our national identity.

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:53 GMT 13:53 UK

Expenses issue is of great importance for a country towards making it economically sound.

ARShams Reflection, Pakistan

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:51 GMT 13:51 UK

Had been wondering how they would dodge that one? So obvious, I did not think of ignore it and hope it goes away.

An independent regulator, and who appoints this independent regulator, reinstates, hires and fires the regulator? Why our exemplars of MPs no less. Toothless tiger springs to mind!

A legal obligation to half the deficit over four years, obviously New Labour do not expect to get re-elected!

Confusus Theytry, WALES, United Kingdom

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:50 GMT 13:50 UK

The best bit of the debates on the queens speech was in the Lords when Mandelson's policies were being discussed and Lord Mcnally made a speech. The whole chamber was rolling about in the isles laughing except one. Mandy sat there glowering at everyone and with a face like thunder. His expression was priceless. Best entertainmnet on TV for months.

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:49 GMT 13:49 UK

"All praise to Brown & the government who acted so decisivley & from what we now see ,so correctly.How can the Tories lead us out of recession,when they don't seem to understand"
desmond brooks, lochcarron, United Kingdom

Time will show you (& Brown) that the solution to a debt crisis is definitely not more debt financed by printing more money - probably within a couple of years, when hyperinflation is decimating your savings.

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:44 GMT 13:44 UK

It would appear that after twelve years of the NANNY STATE most of the people on here want it to continue.As unelected knowalls take charge of our lives.The country descending into third world status.If and god forbid this government gets elected again.It will be interesting to read the notice board when the government will not have enough money.To pay for their crackpot schemes.Plus everybody is a non productive bureaucrat minding other peoples business.What a future.

GADFLY, BOURNE END

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Added: Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 13:42 GMT 13:42 UK

The whole exercise is a farce; outdated and of no consequence.The same can be said of the Brown government. If the weather was better Britain would qualify as a Banana Republic
Britain is desperately in need of a makeover, but if the Glasgow vote was an example of what lies ahead it will be the final nail in Britain's coffin.

Allan Expat, Canada.

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