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Shame of thrones - Queen's speech spells out more pain

Issue No. 2504

This week’s queen’s speech will bring more attacks on ordinary people.

Full details were still to emerge as Socialist Worker went to press.

But the speech will likely include turning more schools into academies and slashing funding.

Universities could be opened up to for-profit institutions and students could find their fees hiked even higher.

Prison governors could grab more control over their budgets and the running of prisons as league tables let “reform prisons” take over “failing” ones. Yet there is nothing to tackle overcrowding, poor conditions and brutality.

All these attacks undermine the idea that the state must provide services. They aim to encourage privatisation and competition.

There will be more racism and Islamophobia too. The government wants yet more powers to ban groups that “promote hatred”.

These laws will target Muslims, not fascists or the far right.

And while the unelected Lords aren’t a progressive force, the Tories still want to limit their powers to stop them blocking government attacks.

The Tories hope to avoid controversy in the run-up to the European Union referendum.

Yet the queen’s speech is full of measures that will make workers’ lives worse and boost the power of big business.

Resistance such as the protests over forced academies has exposed the Tories’ vulnerability. More action can stop the attacks.

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What We Think
Tue 17 May 2016, 16:33 BST
Issue No. 2504
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