Why the brevity of the Queen's speech was a blessing

(Source: Reuters)

The Queen's speech was uncharacteristically short, introducing fewer new rules than expected. But as the government has so far failed to tackle a mess of rules that hold back business, this should be seen as a blessing.

Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium director general:

The Government’s continued focus on reducing excessive regulation as a way of supporting growth is welcome. But this can’t be just about words. It requires delivery. The Government’s existing Red Tape Challenge has yet to realise its full potential for the retail sector and the ‘one in two’ out’ pledge must create a meaningful connection between the sector suffering the new regulation and the one benefitting from the regulations being removed.

The speech also saw the death of many other anticipated measures. Think tank the Adam Smith Institute said that "the omission of the snoopers' charter, plain packaging for tobacco products and minimum pricing for alcohol are cause for celebration".

Dr Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute:

It is good news that there will now be no Big Brother powers for the authorities to spy on our private communications, and good news that there will be no more nanny state powers over tobacco and alcohol. Their omission is a victory for freedom and good sense.