EDINBURGH (Sputnik) – Earlier on Wednesday, the Queen in her speech outlined major reforms to prisons, universities, adoption and the care system as well as many other bills that are set to be adopted during the upcoming 12 month-period.
“The reality of today’s Queen’s speech is that this is — as predicted — a wasted opportunity for progressive action on pensions, social security and the economy. It is business as usual from the Tories – and utterly weak, when there is so much to be done,” Robertson said in a statement.
“Over the last 6 years, we have seen time and time again that the Tories are ideologically wedded to their programme of austerity and this Queen’s Speech will deliver more of the same,” the parliament member added.
The State Opening of Parliament, during which the head of state delivers her yearly speech, is a predominantly ceremonial event since the text of the Queen's speech is written by the country's government and the most significant bills are known before the ceremony.