What's the Big Idea?
Can you remember a Queen's Speech? Not the Royal carriages or the ermine and tiaras or Black Rod having the door slammed in his face. The speech itself. No, not sure I can either.
Every government tries to write a narrative to connect the 20 or more disparate pieces of legislation which Her Majesty announces. Every government fails to make that narrative stick in the mind.
This time round the themes are freedom, fairness, responsibility. Not memorable but revealing nevertheless. "Freedom" is the word this coalition feels it can unite around. Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are anti what they call "the Big State" - whether it's issuing ID cards or a prescriptive curriculum. "Fairness" is Nick Clegg's favourite word and "responsibility" David Cameron's.
What this Queen's Speech won't tell you is how they'll resolve the inevitable tension between those three words.
Take the public services. The Tory guiding principle here is to harness consumer power. Look at schools. Their belief/hope is that once more schools are allowed to become academies and, therefore, free from much local council control and once new so-called "free schools" are created then competition for the custom of parents will encourage innovation and drive up standards in education.
So, too by allowing patients and their GPs to deploy the money which will be spent on their care in the NHS.
In welfare and prisons, private companies, charities and other local bodies will be paid by results for what they do - again, it's argued, encouraging innovation and improving results. All this can be defended on the grounds that it will give greater freedom and responsibility to those running public services and the users of them.
However, critics will be quick to point out that it may lead to bigger differences between good and bad public services - that term "two-tier" will no doubt return to the political lexicon. They will argue that de-centralised services often waste money - on, for example, high salaries in academies and foundation hospitals - and siphon it away from poor areas to richer ones.
Thus, promises of freedom and responsibility may soon clash with that promise of fairness. This government will be defined not by the list of bills it publishes but how and whether its competing aims can be reconciled.