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November 15, 2006

The Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech in full:


Thought Bubble: 'I hope no one thinks I wrote any of this shit'.

(Joke stolen from somewhere or other, sorry, forgotten.)

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Tracked on Nov 15, 2006 12:41:39 PM


Tim, nice that you touched on this one.

Posted by: james higham | Nov 15, 2006 9:12:48 AM

Think it was a Private Eye cover, fairly early on the lifetime of the Blair government, after she was asked to read out a sentence along the lines of: "My government will govern for the many, not the few."

Posted by: Paul Linford | Nov 15, 2006 9:44:54 AM

Reminds me of a Private Eye cover of 1965, but being in more oppressive times, Her Majesty only said "crap" instead of "shit" in that one.

Posted by: Tin Drummer | Nov 15, 2006 9:46:04 AM

In fact the one I'm thinking of is 30 October 1964, and can be found in "The Life and Times of Private Eye 1961-71" which I bought for tuppence a few years ago. So did Dominic Sandbrook, if the amount that he has copied out of it into his two recent books on postwar history is anything to go by.

Posted by: Tin Drummer | Nov 15, 2006 10:04:23 AM

Hope you didn't miss my live coverage of this monumental event

Posted by: Andy | Nov 15, 2006 1:26:35 PM

What's new? On the record, the perennial motto of the Blair government has been: "When all is said and done, there's a lot more spun than done."

For the sake of his historic legacy, I do hope they finally manage to do something about all this before he steps down next year:

"A rise in young people carrying mobile phones and MP3 players is being blamed for street robberies and muggings jumping by 8% last year [2005]. The latest crime figures include a 10% rise in gunpoint robberies."

"A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. England and Wales recorded the second highest number of violent assaults while Northern Ireland recorded the fewest."

"Cases of murder and manslaughter have risen by almost a quarter since Labour came to power, Home Office figures have revealed. Since 1997, the number of homicide victims, including solved and unsolved cases, has averaged 737 per year. In the period from 1990 to 1996, the average was 601. The number of homicide victims has averaged 737 per year since Labour came to power."

"An investigation shows that conviction rates for many of the most violent crimes have been in freefall since Labour came to power in 1997 and are now well below 10 per cent. The chronically low figures for convictions come at the same time as reports that violent crime is increasing. An analysis of Home Office figures reveals that only 9.7 per cent of all 'serious woundings', including stabbings, that are reported to the police result in a conviction. For robberies the figure falls to 8.9 per cent and for rape, it is 5.5 per cent."

Posted by: Bob B | Nov 15, 2006 1:59:21 PM

'If parliament aint open yet, how did all these idiots get in?'

Posted by: blamerbell | Nov 15, 2006 4:05:02 PM

That does it. I ain't reading anymore of this crap ever again, long live the republic!!!!**

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 15, 2006 7:03:35 PM

You think it would all have been so much better if Tony Blair had been President instead of merely prime minister?

Posted by: Bob B | Nov 15, 2006 10:39:29 PM