On Wednesday the State Opening of Parliament took place. The ceremony provides a platform for the Queen’s Speech which is given by Her Majesty to Members of both the House of Commons and the Lords. The speech outlines the Government’s agenda for the new Parliamentary session.
This week my column comes to you during another busy week in politics. The news is rapidly changing on an almost hourly basis and yet as I write this on Wednesday afternoon, very little has actually changed in terms of progressing Brexit. We continue to await the outcome of the next EU Council meeting on 17th and 18th October.
I’m sure many of us were deeply concerned this week when a Ministry of Defence internal document, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, revealed that ministers can override the presumption that Britain will not share intelligence when there is a risk of torture if ministers agree that “the potential benefits justify accepting the risk and legal consequences”.
This Friday in the Royal Town I will be meeting my friends at Eco Sutton, Tony Whitehead & John Heywood, which set me thinking about the Extinction Rebellion activists which paralysed Britain’s capital city for well over a week, albeit in a (largely) peaceful manner.