Hit or Miss?: Nick Clegg gains headlines with focus on pomp rather than policy

Clegg speaks out: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg hit the headlines this week after issuing a call for the Queen's Speech to be scrapped.

Clegg wrote an article in The Independent on Monday dismissing the event as a 'waste of everyone's time'. Clegg said any legislative programme laid out on Wednesday during the speech would have very little time for implementation and amount to little more than an early manifesto.

But Commons leader Harriet Harman denied this and said the timetable would allow for 'most' bills proposed to pass into law.

HOW I SEE IT - JON MCLEOD, Chairman of corporate communications and public affairs, Weber Shandwick

Why did Nick Clegg opt to use a national newspaper platform to call for the Queen's Speech to be shelved?

The question begs itself because, for most people, one day of parliamentary pomp is not the burning issue in today's Britain. I think most people want to hear the third party offering radical challenges on Afghanistan as well as policies on student fees and sorting out the banking system. Clegg's choice of target was very much that of an insider.

Moreover, given the many challenges facing the country, Labour strategists can argue quite reasonably that no responsible administration can take its hands off the wheel, shrug its collective shoulders and let the vehicle of state career off the carriageway.


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