Corbyn Refuses to Bow to the Queen

As everyone around him nods their head to acknowledge Her Majesty, Corbyn stubbornly refuses to bow. He then winks to a colleague. Emboldened, Jezza not selling out on his republican views…

UPDATE: Team Jez say Corbyn observed the correct protocol and that he was not expected to bow. They reckon Theresa May got the protocol wrong…

UPDATE II: Guido and Damian McBride have had a look through the archives at previous State Openings of Parliament to check the precedent. Neither Dave nor Jez bowed last year, though in 2013 Cameron and Ed Miliband did bow their heads to acknowledge the Queen. In 2009 Gordon Brown bowed his head too, so the previous Tory and last two Labour leaders all felt bowing was appropriate at some point. Guido reckons it is fair to say bowing is very much optional and not mandatory, and Corbyn – as expected with his long-held republican beliefs – decided against…

Dennis Skinner’s Ascot-Themed Queen’s Speech Joke

Not Skinner’s worst joke:

“Get your skates on, first race is half past two.”

The Queen is rushing off to Ascot once her duties in parliament are over…

Queen’s Speech Day of Chaos

Strong and stable latest: the government has spent the day having a news management nightmare descending into a convoluted row with the Lobby about the Queen’s Speech and goats. Kid you not…

  • 11am: Number 10 spokesman refuses to confirm the Queen’s Speech will go ahead on Monday as planned.
  • 12:30pm: BBC and Sky report the Queen’s Speech will be delayed due to lack of agreement with DUP.
  • 1pm: Newsnight’s Nick Watt tweets: “I understand Queen’s speech delayed because it has to be written on goat’s skin. That takes a week“.
  • 1pm – 3pm: Lobby hacks follow up and GoatGate goes viral.
  • 3:30pm: GoatGate reverse ferret. Turns out the Queen’s Speech isn’t written on goat’s skin and there is no goat involved. Laura Kuenssberg slaps down her BBC colleague: “speech is written onto vellum AFTER it’s delivered, apparently, so not sure it quite explains holdup“.
  • 3:40pm: Downing Street insists the Queen’s Speech could go ahead on Monday as planned.
  • 4pm: Damian Green then concedes it “could” be delayed due to DUP negotiations.

Chaos, you might say…

Gove Turns His Back on Monarchy

Gove, a massive Game of Thrones fan, turns his back on the monarch on her throne. Royal etiquette dictates one must never turn their back on the reigning monarch. Still annoyed about that Brexit denial?

Dennis Skinner Isn’t Funny

The cranky old leftie opted for a political message rather than his customary witty jibe. Yawn…

Queen’s Speech Passes With Majority of 47

Four weeks ago it would have been unthinkable, but the Queen’s Speech has passed with a majority of 47:

Ayes: 326

Noes: 279

It all could have been so different…

Queen’s Speech As it Happens

This is what has been announced in the Queen’s Speech so far:

  • Cut regulation for small business
  • Right to buy for housing association tenants
  • Reform of trade unions
  • Crack down on illegal immigration
  • Continuing to reform welfare with welfare cap
  • 7 day NHS
  • No income tax for working 30 hours per week on the minimum wage
  • No rise in VAT for next five years
  • Extension of free childcare
  • Devolving powers to Scotland
  • Northern Powerhouse!
  • In/out EU referendum
  • New schools bill
  • New legislation on communications data
  • New legislation on psycho-active drugs
  • British Bill of Rights
  • Elected Metro mayors

No income tax, no VAT (increases)…



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