The State Opening of Parliament is undoubtedly a wonderful spectacle with Black Rod summoning the Commons to the House of Peers to hear the Queen deliver the Queen's Speech.

Her Majesty's in name only of course: this is the programme for the next session of Parliament; written by the Government and approved by the Cabinet.

In a year in which the forthcoming EU referendum has rather sucked the life out of other political debate, however, the Speech was focused much more on social policy and "life chances" than on the economy.

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