Today’s Queen Speech was supposed to be a moment of crowning glory for Theresa May. Instead, it’s a muted affair, with the Tories’ plans for Government left in tatters as a result of their blown majority. ‘Strong and stable’ is out; in comes ‘humility’ and ‘resolve’ – and the party’s manifesto has been largely binned. Here’s what didn’t make the cut:
Donald Trump’s state visit:
The Queen’s Speech made no mention of Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK. Downing Street was insisting recently that there was no change to the schedule following Theresa May’s invitation which she offered to the President back in January. It’s clear this isn’t the case and the visit has now either been postponed or downgraded from a state visit.
Gone is the controversial ‘dementia tax’. Here is the Tories’ original manifesto pledge on tackling the social care crisis:
And here’s the wishy-washy excerpt from the Queen’s Speech, which makes no mention of the £100,000 floor:
There was no mention of new selective schools in today’s Queen’s Speech. Here’s the manifesto pledge – which has now been binned:
This is the passage from the Queen’s Speech, with no mention of ending the ban on new grammars:
Free school meals:
In the Tory manifesto, the party promised to stop giving free meals to all primary school pupils for the first three years of their time at school. There was no mention of this plan in today’s Queen Speech.
Energy price cap:
Gone is the proposal to cap energy prices.
The Tories had promised a free vote on fox-hunting. This policy was thought to be one of the reasons which did it for the party in the snap election. Here’s the passage from the manifesto which has now been scrapped:
Winter Fuel Allowance:
Pensioners took another hit in the Tory manifesto with plans to means test the winter fuel allowance. This did not go down well with many traditional Conservative voters – and the Government has now ditched the idea.
Fixed-term Parliament Act:
Theresa May said she would scrap the fixed-term Parliament Act, which was passed under David Cameron. But this proposal has also ended up on the bonfire of the Tories’ manifesto.