‘The bedroom and the tampon tax will both be scrapped’: And other things I wish the Queen had said in her speech

Harriet Williamson

First published by The Independent, 27th May 2015

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Today the Queen revealed the Conservative plan for Britain over the next five years. The usual pomp and ceremony was present, but the 26-bill package was severely lacking in any policy I’d like to see us adopt as a nation. Here’s what Her Majesty didn’t say, but I wish she had done:

1. There will be meaningful regulation of the press

I want to see greater regulation of Britain’s press, and no, I’m not talking about censorship. No one company should be able to own more than a certain percentage of our media.

2. More affordable housing will be built, and rogue landlords will be penalized

Landlords are part of the real conversation we need to be having about welfare in Britain. We waste billions on housing benefit, as those on low incomes are forced into the costly private rental sector. Rogue…

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