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Setting the agenda for 2015

In the Queen's speech, the Tories dragged Labour onto their preferred territory

By Jay Elwes  

The Queen addresses parliament. © UK Parliament

“A stronger economy so that the United Kingdom can compete in the world.” “A fairer society that rewards people who work hard.”

In those two phrases today, the Queen, reading the government’s agenda in the ceremonial State Opening of Parliament, set out the basic structure of politics between now and the next election.

That election will take place in 2015, and today’s policy announcements are fitted to that date. The…

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