David Cameron allowed cameras into the first wholly-Conservative cabinet meeting in 18 years earlier, emphasising that the full horror of the Tory manifesto is going to be implemented.
The Queen’s speech is likely to see new measures to “effectively outlaw” strike action by introducing a new vote threshold — while refusing to modernise the ballot process to make it easier for more people to take part.
“Industrial action in these essential services [health, education, fire and transport] would require the support of at least 40 per cent of all those entitled to take part in strike ballots – as well as a majority of those who actually turn out to vote
This was re-iterated by new BIS secretary Sajid Javid on the Today programme this morning. But with support from 38% of voters, Javid was unable to command this kind of support even in his own constituency. In fact, the only minister in his department that can is Jo Johnson in Orpington.
“But ahhhh!”, the Tories retort, “You can’t compare a yes/no strike ballot with a first-past-the-post contest featuring multiple candidates”.
So let’s see how the Tories fare under the supplementary vote system, which is used to elect mayors and police and crime commissioner in England — and sees votes re-allocated from the losers.
Boris Johnson has a budget of £17 billion at his disposal after securing support from just 17% of the electorate (down from 20% in 2008). Conservative Gordon Oliver was re-elected as Mayor of Torbay last week with a ‘mandate’ from 15% of the electorate.
So Boris will be resigning then?