Big Breakfast 9th July 2016
9th July 2016
Another good event well attended and based upon the feedback valued and enjoyed by those new and those who regularly attend. This was the fourth in our programme, designed to bring local leaders and inspirational people to our village utilising the fantastic environment at the Parish Hub. The cooked breakfast is a further incentive with Julia producing wonderful fayre using our best local produce!
Jeremy Quin M.P, for Horsham and our representative at Westminster began proceedings by telling a couple of amusing anecdotes concerning events in the Commons. He also reminded us how single addresses and individual contributions in the house could change the whole consensus and direction of policies and plans, he had been impressed by that truth several times since taking his seat in 2015.
In the question and answer period Jeremy was presented with a wide range of topics for comment including his work on the Work and Pensions Select Committee reviewing the downfall of the BHS retail business.
The current indecision regarding airport expansion and of course the aftermath of the EU referendum allowed him to reaffirm that the government had a clear “Brexit” mandate and that it was key now to ensure that the best deals were done to support the instruction given without losing the benefits that full membership provided. He pointed out that other EU countries may yet have a significant role to play in EU reform and told us that only the President of Italy supported the current EU approach to many issues, within that Government’s membership and that an impending vote on a nonspecific subject may well signal a stronger message regarding the peoples’ views on the EU constitution and principles.
On the matter of a second runway at Gatwick, Jeremy said that he was 100% certain that if the referendum and ensuing leadership issues had not delayed determination then the Commission’s earlier recommendation of Heathrow would have been confirmed in the previous week. He affirmed that whatever the announcement he will continue to oppose Gatwick expansion.
A lively interaction occurred concerning our electoral system and although Jeremy accepted the current approach was not perfect he saw no reason to change the status quo, suggesting that it allowed smaller parties to adopt alternative positions without being squeezed into the centre ground and that ensured democracy worked better overall.
One of our younger attendees challenged whether the student funding approach in England was fair and he received a sympathetic response with the topic broadened by Jeremy to demonstrate why costs had to be managed across the board to ensure the debt servicing legacy left to coming generations was not a millstone that left them with an economy which was not good for their wealth and wellbeing. Jeremy was of the view that the self -funding mode had brought the benefits of allowing more people being able to attend university and whilst there ensuring value for their spend was a achieved with a keen focus on getting a good job at the end of tuition. The world economy will be based upon brains and not brawn was his message.
Jeremy had to depart swiftly to go straight to a meeting with rail service providers and travellers in Horsham, looking to expedite settlement of the current problems on Southern train lines. Jeremy believed the misery being experienced by many was unacceptable which was why he had raised the topic in the House of Commons recently.
Our next Big Breakfast event is on Saturday 8th October
Our guest presenter will be Patrick McIntosh. A local man, Patrick has fascinating stories to tell regarding his fights against 3 different cancers and concerning his South Pole expedition and other fund raising exploits. More can be found on kmgfoundation.blogspot.co.uk including a clip of his interview on BBC tv.
We look forward to seeing as many readers as possible at our next event, thanks to all those who helped make our first season such a success, including all of you that have paid over your hard earned cash to attend the Breakfasts.
Trevor Hodsdon St John The Evangelist Church