The Queen’s Speech: what does “level up” really mean?

The Evening Standard’s Jack Kessler breaks down the Queen’s Speech from tax rises for the better off to those controversial voter ID plans. What does the government actually mean by “level up” and will it hit cities like London in favour of shoring up the Conservative’s new found votes in former ‘Red Wall’ Labour heartlands like Hartlepool. We also discuss how the great ceremonial tradition behind the state opening of parliament was curtailed by the pandemic, with the Queen wearing a simple outfit and her audience in facemasks. 


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