Queen’s Speech Passed

Last night after several days of debate the government’s legislative programme for the new session of Parliament was passed by 297 votes to 237. A surprisingly large majority of 60 considering that notionally the government only has a majority of 12.

Good news for those who are fed up of hearing about the referendum. From today the government at least are prevented from issuing more information because of the rules governing the referendum and indeed elections in general that prevent a government from making policy announcements in the run up to a poll. These arrangements are often referred to as ‘the purdah period’.