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The Queen’s speech decoded

What if we could ask Her Majesty what she thought was meant by every sentence she is handed to read out?

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, My Government will level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom. 

At our regular audience ahead of my big speech, the prime minister told me he hasn’t the faintest idea what this phrase means but it goes down a storm in a place called the “red wall”—apparently that’s Hartlepool not the Tate Modern. The Financial Times, which gives me share tips, says “there is a widespread cluelessness” about levelling-up in No 10 and that “it is a running joke that it’s a slogan without a purpose.” The problem,…

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