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Gags but no solutions

In the Queen's speech debate, there was plenty of laughter—and nothing new

By Jay Elwes  

© Anthony Mckeown

The front benches were packed yesterday for the Queen’s Speech debate. Or at least the government benches were. The Chief Secretary of the Treasury was reduced to a sliver of a man, seated sideways, shoulders hunched, as were many of his colleagues. With one notable exception—Eric Pickles was seated proudly, arms crossed, knees at shoulder width. The Labour benches looked less full.

The first piece of business was the…

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