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Saturday, May 28, 2022

With pomp and no queen, the British government lays out plans

LONDON ( Associated Press) — Britain’s Conservative government promised to cut crime, improve public health and revive a pandemic-battered economy as it unveiled its plans for next year in a pompous ceremony, but without Queen Elizabeth II, absent for first time in six decades.

The 96-year-old monarch, who according to the Palace suffers from “episodic mobility problems”, sent her son and heir, Prince Charles, who quickly read through the 38 bills the government plans to pass.

In the Queen’s Speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government promised to “revive and strengthen the economy and help reduce the cost of living for families.” But he did not dwell on immediate measures to deal with huge increases in energy and food prices.

Johnson said in a written introduction that the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine have caused “enormous disruption to the global economy.” But he warned that “no government can realistically protect everyone from the impact.”

The government announced plans to invest in railways and other infrastructure, create a UK infrastructure bank, and “level up” economic opportunities in poorer regions. He also announced bills for education and public health funding.

Other projects, aimed at pandering to the government’s right-wing base, include promises to take advantage of “Brexit freedoms” by cutting red tape in business and reforming financial services and data regulation now that Britain is no longer in the Brexit. European Union.

Some plans have already drawn heavy criticism from opposition parties and civil liberties advocates, notably a new law to outlaw protest tactics such as those promoted by groups like Extinction Rebellion.

Human rights advocates have criticized plans to draw up a British Bill of Rights to replace current laws, based on the European Convention on Human Rights. Some environmentalists fear that a law allowing “precision breeding of plants and animals” will open the door to genetically modified foods, currently banned.

Rebecca Newsom of Greenpeace UK said the government is only looking to pander to the “whims” of Conservative lawmakers without offering “an extra penny of support to households struggling to pay their electricity bills”.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has turned the European security order upside down, was reflected in plans to tighten espionage laws, create a US-style “foreign influence registration system” and strengthen anti-terrorism laws. money laundering, although the measures seem so moderate that they will hardly eradicate London’s reputation as a center for depositing ill-gotten gains.

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