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The emperor’s new clothes

The Westminster government has set out its legislative agenda—what does it mean for universities?

As the Queen took her place yesterday to deliver a speech on her government’s priorities for the next parliamentary session, she could have broken with convention and sung the words of professor LunchMoney Lewis, America’s great political economist, to declare: “I got bills.” There are lots of them planned, and quite a few affect universities.

The headlines might be grabbed by the “skills and post-16 education bill”, but there is also the return of the “Advanced Research and Invention Agency bill” and the “higher education (freedom of speech) bill”, which will be introduced alongside the voter suppression bill, the lock up the protesters bill and the dangerous judges bill—but we will get to all that later.

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