And so the procession of three grand limousines - the last of these, a product of the Volkswagen Group, being the only vehicle of the three trusted to carry the Queen and Prince Charles - wound its way from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. We were about to hear The Queen’s Speech, the programme of legislation put forward by our new Government. This would seek to make law all those election promises.
That, at least, might have been expected. But all those gullible voters who put their faith in alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to “get it done” just over a week ago soon realised that, like everyone else who has put their trust in him over the years, they had been taken for mugs. Their cupboard was bare. That of Bozo’s rich and greedy pals, on the other hand, was veritably full to bursting.
James Melville had, for instance, considered the legislation covering the UK’s exit from the EU. His conclusion should sound alarm bells. “The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 has been published. There are three major amendments: MPs right to veto/vote over any extension: Gone … Parliament’s role to scrutinise the future relationship between the UK & EU: Gone … Workers/Employment rights protection: Gone”.
Hello all you workers who might depend on all those employment rights to ensure you have a safe workplace, less than oppressively onerous hours, and the right to unionise. You voted Bozo? You’ve been had. In fact, you’ve been had twice over: there was also that promise to raise the minimum wage. So where is that in The Queen’s Speech? Oh, it’s there all right. Except … Bozo had his fingers crossed behind his back.
Meaning what? Meaning that there will only be an increase in the minimum wage when economic conditions permit. Which is in the same category as Gordon Brown’s Euro convergence tests: designed so as to make it highly unlikely that it will happen any time soon. A pundit from the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance will be along soon to explain to the mugs who believed the promise that it’s “fair”, honestly.
Also in the category of Suckers for Bozo are all those new Tory MPs representing constituencies in the North of England. There they are, bless them, all male and very white, with their wish lists of spending commitments they want from the man they spent the General Election campaign eulogising. Billions and billions of commitments, all paid for by the mythical cash bucket munificently provided by the great Bozo.
But now the great Bozo has secured his overall majority, he need not humour the North of England any longer. Nor, as the SNP ratchets up its PR offensive in favour of a new independence referendum, need he humour the Scots. He no longer need pay attention to the DUP, or indeed any representation from Northern Ireland, and so he will not. What was all that about Labour being an out of touch London Metropolitan party?
You believed that? You, too, have been taken for mugs. The current incarnation of the Tory Party is not only a London-and-surrounding-areas-only party, it exists only for the rich and greedy. It cares not a jot for its less well off members, and even less for all those who thought that by supporting it, they would somehow “get it done”.
Millions of Brits never learn that lesson. And don’t the Tories know it.
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