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Next Queen’s Speech to focus on ‘global race’

5 February 2013

If you’d hoped we’d seen the back of the term ‘global race’, which featured so heavily in the autumn statement, think again. It looks like it’s going to be a big theme for the next parliamentary session, too.

The Cabinet met this morning to discuss the content of the next Queen’s Speech. The ministers present were told that legislation for the next session would focus on supporting the government’s priorities of ‘economic competitiveness’ and Britain’s position in the ‘global race’ (there we go), and ‘aspirations and fairness’.

CCHQ staffers have already told me they’re sick of the phrase, which probably means it’s only just percolated as far as Portcullis House, so expect to hear it coming out too far and too fast from ministers’ mouths over the next few months.

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  • Russell

    Absolutely no taste having an article about a Queen immediately following numerous articles on gay marriage. Tut tut speccie.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Well, now that you’ve broached the subject, I was half expecting the Cameroons to make gay marriage the focus of that speech.

      • Russell

        What if the heir to throne marries a gay? Would the Queen give them her blessing, abdicate or commit suicide?

        • the viceroy’s gin

          Well, as long as there are no Catholics involved anywhere, I suppose it might be allowed to pass.

          But now then, we’d must get to the matter of titles and terminology. Would these 2 male spouses be “king and queen”, or would that be considered homophobic somehow? Because if the queen was actually butch, well things would just get entirely out of hand, wouldn’t they?

          • Russell

            You certainly couldn’t have a Queen and a Queen or a King and a King or there would really be trouble at the equalities commission in the EU, as married men and women would be discriminated against.
            These MP’s are really making a mockery out of marriage, gays, lesbians, straights, civil partnerships, the whole lot.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              Goodness, I’d forgotten all about the EU. Well fortunately (and what a piece of luck this is), they’ll have the last word on all this, and fill in the gaps and issue the necessary proclamations. So relax.

  • salieri

    To be fair, where would politicians be if their buzz-words and clichés were all taken away, and they actually had to say something meaningful instead? It seems cruel to forbid them, so soon after the Britpopolympics, to talk about being first out of the starting-blocks, going for gold, taking the inside lane, handing the baton on to the next generation, coasting into the back-straight or whatever. On the other hand, nobody seems able to explain what this global race for which we must be equipped is actually for. If there is a global winner there must logically be a majority of losers, and this inbuilt inequality of outcome should surely militate against its aspirations and fairness, going forward. We must expect the global race, immediately after the Queen’s Speech, to be denounced by One Globe Labour.

    • Smithersjones2013

      To be fair, where would politicians be if their buzz-words and clichés were all taken away,

      Probably far more respected and far less ridiculed. For every sound bite there is usually an equally powerful retort. For example ‘Cool Britannia’ became ‘Fool Britannia’ , ‘Big Society’ just became ‘BS’, and ‘Global race’ becomes something like, off the top of my head, ‘Mindless Chase’ with never-ending comments about ‘coming last’, ‘false starts’, ‘falling at the first hurdle’ etcetc.

      Now if you make a coherent argument instead of such intellectually lazy PR nonsense then you stand far less chance of being ridiculed……

  • Chris lancashire

    If this is all The Spectator can find to write about the silly season must be starting early this year.

    • Smithersjones2013

      Silly season started when Cameron offered the Libdems a coalition……

      • Chris lancashire

        Wow! That was witty.

  • HooksLaw

    The important news surely is that it has been revealed in court today that a journalist Isobel Oakeshott, urged Vickie Pryce to dish the dirt on Huhne and she would be able to subsequently get off by suggesting to her,
    ‘I think you could make yourself out very much to be the honourable one saying that it had been on your conscience ever since but you were bullied into it.’

    If Pryce ends up in jail she can thank the efforts of the 4th Estate to get her there all in the name of a good story.
    I doubt anybody soon will be buying a used car off Ms Oakeshott.

    • Wessex Man

      Two wrongs don’t make a right Hooky, unless it’s in your little world of course.

    • Russell

      Of course it could be that everyone, including myself, is wrong about Huhne and that she suggested to him that she should take the 3 points to save him any embarrassment and Huhne is really being a gallant gentleman by pleading guilty and keeping her out of jail as she decided to frame him after it all going wrong with his indiscretions.

    • DWWolds

      Nor from her father!

    • Fergus Pickering

      If he goes to jail, she should go to jail also.

  • AnotherDaveB

    Given that Team Cameron use their international meetings to promote HMG’s new ‘high taxes’ crusade, it’s hard to see their “economic competitiveness” rhetoric being seen as credible.

    • HooksLaw

      ‘high taxes’ where was that mentioned?
      I think the idea is that people and companies might stir themselves to pay at least ‘some taxes’.
      The UK has the lowest rate of corporation tax of any major western economy.
      If everyone paid up then taxes might indeed be lower for all of us.

      Your remarks have a long way to go before being ‘credible’.

      • Wessex Man

        Are you sure Hooky? I thought that the multi-nationals were operating out Luxembourg “to take advantage of their lower Corporation Tax.”

      • Tom Tom

        Not true Dimwit. You really have no idea do you ? It is EFFECTIVE rates of tax that matter and UK taxes are taxes on Cashflow not Profit whereas other jurisdictions have Offsets and Credits for CapEx and the UK does not

  • Colonel Mustard

    I’m old and a bit podgy now. I don’t think I’m up to a race, especially a global one, and I’m not one of those ego-marathon gerbil types I’m afraid. Can I get a note to be excused?

    • HooksLaw

      Vote Labour then. Your analogy lies at the heart of the Socialist appeal and of Labour policy.
      Alternatively you can do the next best thing and vote UKIP.

      • Colonel Mustard

        What you mean freedom to choose rather than state-sponsored coercion? In an ideal world I wouldn’t even need a note but since Cameron is insistent on treating the British public as if they were in primary school…

      • Smithersjones2013

        Your best post ever!

      • Wessex Man

        You are one mixed up critter Hooky.

    • dalai guevara

      Perhaps it’s time for you to take up a position in middle management. Little wear and tear to be expected there, just pass on the stuff that comes from the top to the lower orders. Most will already be familiar with that concept…

      • Colonel Mustard

        I’m a bit old for that now. I venture to suggest I was probably already in middle management when you were still smearing your face with baby food, if you were even born then, which judging by the quality of some of your comments, I doubt.

        And my “wear and tear” is something remembered, sonny, not something feared.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Let me guess ‘Global Race’ is code for justifying Cameron’s profligate expenditure on foreign interests and almost total neglect of national interests!

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