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Has Gordon Brown done enough to save his skin?

Today's Queen's speech was the shortest in living memory lasting only seven minutes but one which introduced a number of potentially legally binding guarantees with regards to UK public services. There were also a number of resolutions to control the power of the banking sector and the bonuses paid to those at the top, in what many people believed was a dumbing down to the UK electorate. So has Gordon Brown done enough to save himself?

Even before the Queen's speech was over many lawyers were already suggesting that these legally binding agreements between the government and the UK population, with regards to public services, would be very difficult to arrange. Lawyers appreciate that the UK courts will be very reticent to act in these particular circumstances which would effectively mean the promises by the government could be worthless.

As expected, many of the policies mentioned in the Queen's speech will never reach the statute book and will never even reach a vote in the House of Commons. In effect the starting pistol for the UK general election of 2010 has gone off and it looks to be a clear fight between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. They say 24 hours is a long time in politics, but six months seems like infinity at this moment in time!

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