With a year to go until the general election and the Coalition Agreement all but exhausted, it was long predicted that this year’s Queen’s Speech would be light on content. Commentators and politicians alike have been predicting a ‘zombie’ Parliament, with limited legislation stretched to fill the long months before next May. Read more
The Queen’s Speech in two weeks’ time will be notable for the absence of new legislation and lack of controversy.
With 11 months to the General Election, the political focus has resoundingly shifted from Westminster to Corby, Thurrock, Weaver Vale and the other swing seats that will define the 2015 story. While this was inevitable, speculation about next month’s Queen’s speech has still been notable by its absence.
The Water Bill is expected to complete its passage through Parliament this week after a remarkably smooth journey. Despite constituting the single biggest reform of the water industry since privatisation 25 years ago, the only strong point of contention has been the absence of a clause allowing existing companies to exit the new retail market. Now, following the Government’s decision at Report Stage to include retail exit, even this potential hurdle has fallen.