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The Queen’s speech to Parliament (minus John Bercow)

20 March 2012

The Queen has just delivered her Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament, which you can watch below. CoffeeHousers will be terribly disappointed, I know, that the video doesn’t include John Bercow’s
lengthy introductory remarks, which didn’t appear to impress David Cameron:

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  • Dimoto

    George Shepherd –

    Well, the Germans don’t have much to look back on, do they ?

    What does that “exciting future” contain ?

    Decades of trying to compete with Chinese and Indian premium car production ?

    Decades desperately bankrolling the Euro-scam to try to rig “manufacturing competitivity” ?

    Decades of population decline ?

    Decades of trying to enforce “austerity” across Southern Europe ?

    Decades of trying to prevent France from turning the EU into the archtypical, inward-looking, bureaucratic state ?

    No wonder they are excited !

  • Dominic Boothroyd

    Bercow – so far beyond parody it’s painful to behold

  • Tarka the Rotter

    ‘Ah Lilibet, what crimes are committed in thy name…’ (with apologies to Madame Roland).

  • Tarka the Rotter

    ‘Ah Lilibet, what crimes are committed in thy name…’ (with apologies to Madame Roland).

  • Maggie

    I hope we are going to get an explanation for why the front row was taken up with a bunch of Labour has-beens and their raddled old wives. Why were places given to Cherie Blair, Tessa Jowell, Slapper Bercow, Sarah Brown and Wotshername Miliband and not to Samantha Cameron or Miriam Clegg, the wives of the serving Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister? If it was a deliberate tactic by whoever arranged the seating (Bercow?) then it was an act of staggeringly monumental spite,

  • canonalberic

    Almost the worse thing about Bercow’s disgraceful performance was that unspeakable oaf Milliband, obviously genuinely applauding and mouthing “great speech” to the seething Cameron.

    Despair is the only realistic response: its like watching Huns in the smoking ruins of the senate wearing onyx toilet seats as necklaces (thank you Clive James)and believing they’re the heirs to Cicero.

  • George Shepherd

    As Britain stares comfortably into the past, Germany stares excitedly into the future

  • David Lindsay

    Let there be seven Viceroys, of whom four would have a veto overturnable only by a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons, five would have a veto overturnable only by a three-quarters majority in the House of Commons, and six would have an absolute veto.

    At the start of each Parliament, the seat-taking members of the House of Commons, other than Ministers, would each vote for one candidate from outside that House, with the seven highest scorers elected.

    At present, there would be one from each of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the DUP, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the SDLP, or at least from their wider subcultures; there might usefully be a ban on party members or former career politicians as Viceroys.

    The voice of, for example, the Toryism excluded from the Coalition (also broadly the position of the DUP), or Welsh rural Radicalism and the Welsh peace tradition (not to say the remains of English and Scottish rural Radicalism through the non-Ministers among the Lib Dems), or the institutionalised union of Irish Catholicism and the old school of British Labourism (again, Labour might, on a very good day, also produce someone much like that) would be included.

    The fact that there were seven Viceroys would preclude any sense of an alternative Head of State, with the very title pointing to the continued Headship of the institution and individual embodying the endlessly interrelated principles of our ancient liberties under the Crown, of Divine Providence conferring responsibilities upon the more fortunate towards the less fortunate, of the Christian basis of the State, and of the ties binding the Commonwealth.

  • Publius

    Bercow really is an embarrassing oik.

  • Wilhelm 1

    What the Queen should have said was ” I’ve reigned for 60 years in which I’ve witnessed the complete destruction of Britain brought on by you lot, turning the once white Christian cohesive nation into a boarding house for the riff raff of the third world, thanks a bunch.”

  • E Hart

    If Cameron had delivered the speech it may not have been as ridiculously hyperbolic as Bercow’s but it would have been rich in cliches. I shouldn’t wonder if he’d have mentioned the Queen’s regal ability to “roll up her sleeves and get on with the job”. He’s a devotee of “sleeve rolling” as long as someone else is doing it.

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