Today we heard the annual Queen’s Speech where Her Majesty reads out the new laws the government wants to bring in – and with it signals the countdown to a general election that must occur within seven months.
The Speech, which is written by the government, has already seen Labour widely criticised as using the occasion for early electioneering.
Conservative leader David Cameron even dismissed the Queen’s Speech as “little more than a Labour press release on Palace parchment.” He added: “What is the point of this Government? What else has he got to do? This is the shortest Queen’s Speech since 1997. They have run out of money, they have run out of time, they have run out of ideas and we have just seen from the Prime Minister they have run out of courage as well.”
It seems the clock is ticking on Gordon Brown’s disappointing tenure with bookies offering odds of 1/12 that the Conservatives will win the election and take power for the first time since 1996. Need some office removals then, Gordon?