David Cameron and Nick Clegg have reloaded the coalition's legislative agenda with a Queen's Speech dominated by Lords reform this week.
But will they succeed - and could the looming constitutional battle over the future of parliament's second chamber overwhelm the rest of the government's bills?
Alex Stevenson Follow @alex__stevenson has spoken to Professor Tony Travers of the LSE and Quentin Letts, the Daily Mail's parliamentary sketchwriter, to look at the policy and the pomp of the state opening of parliament.
Also featuring in this week's podcast are interviews with three members of the upper House: Labour's ex-government whip in the Commons, Lord Snape; the Liberal Democrats' former chief executive Lord Rennard; and the Conservative stalwart Lord
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