In the latest of what seem to becoming daily humiliations for Theresa May and the Tories, the Government has been forced to delay the Queen’s speech – but they’ve found an easy scapegoat.
The official reason for the delay being trotted out by the Tories is that the new trimmed down Queen’s speech, which is printed on goatskin parchment paper, needs time to dry.
I understand Queen's speech delayed bc it has to be written on goat's skin. That takes a week 1/2
— Nicholas Watt (@nicholaswatt) June 12, 2017
In an attempt to play down his party’s crisis, Tory MP and former party chairman Grant Shapps told World at One:
“The fact you have to delay a Queen’s speech by a few days, even if it is just for the vellum to be printed on…I don’t think it is the show stopper it may seem this lunch time.”
Every underpaid teacher will tell you printing problems is the number one excuse they hear from kids who haven’t done their homework – right behind my pet goat ate it. But let’s not give the Tories ideas.
It’s obvious “Theresa May’s team” are buying time because they haven’t finalised their ‘Bad Friday Agreement’ with the climate change denying, gay hating, terrorist sympathising DUP.
Theresa May has a thick skin if she's blaming vellum for the delay in next Monday's Queen's Speech. PM's a laughing stock
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) June 12, 2017
On Saturday night, Downing St told us a deal had been reached with DUP. Now Queen's Speech delayed as no deal struck with DUP.
— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) June 12, 2017
The Queen’s Speech was supposed to take place on Monday 19 – the same day as Brexit negotiations were due to start.
But after spending the election campaign warning Brexit negotiations would “start just 11 days after the election”, it now seems they have been hastily re-arranged as well.
Both the Prime Minister’s spokesperson and Brexit Secretary David Davis would not confirm the date on which talks with Brussels would begin.
So this morning both the Queen's Speech and opening of Brexit negotiations have been delayed…
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) June 12, 2017
The Tories will blame the nanny state, but this is government on the hoof…