Queen's Speech 2012

Two years after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a historic coalition government, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have once again sought to begin anew with a fresh start. After the double-length first session of this parliament they presented Britain with a new agenda for reform focusing on the economy, justice and constitutional reform. But with tensions within the coalition rising and the public hostile after this year's local elections, are they persuading ordinary Brits that they are in touch?

Fear and loathing: The government's misery in the omnishambles

The Week in Politics: Misery in the omnishambles

Everywhere you look, the fates conspire against the government.

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Members of the Lords, their existence threatened by this Queen's Speech, watch the monarch deliver her address to parliament

Lords reform overshadows Queen's Speech 2012

The looming Lords reform struggle is overshadowing bills which the Queen has said will "restore economic stability" in her Speech to parliament.

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