A few weeks ago ConservativeHome published an Alternative Queen's Speech, written by a variety of Tory MPs. Rodney Leach, Baron Leach of Fairford is Chairman of Open Europe and a successful businessman. He offers another Alternative speech - this time focused on the economic emergency.
"Great emergencies demand an emergency response. We can't save the Eurozone from itself, but we can do a lot more to protect ourselves from its worst effects.
Without debt reduction there is no way back to economic health, but that’s not enough. For the duration of the crisis the government will single-mindedly subordinate other objectives to policies whose purpose is the promotion of economic activity. If this entails U-turns or “betrayal” of a Coalition agreement made in very different times, so be it.
We will start by cancelling the High Speed Rail project and switching transport spending to a third London runway and the elimination of road bottlenecks. Britain must retain - or regain - its status as an airline hub, so commitment to a new airport in the Thames Estuary will be announced within three months.
Water shortages are largely unnecessary. We will revive disused connecting canals and start construction immediately on the five southern reservoirs previously approved but later cancelled.