|Frequency:||4th Friday of month.|
|Time:||Coffee 10.15 a.m.,Start 10.30-11.30 a.m.|
|Venue:||Longhirst Village Hall.|
For those who enjoy an interesting debate on a subject chosen to be topical or of continuing interest. The broad experiences of our members over the years ensure a wide range of knowledge and opinion.
Our last meeting discussed whether we should re-nationalise the railways. There are many publications on this topic with a great deal of information. The best publication was 50 pages long giving the arguments on both sides which I sent out to the group was rather daunting but we had a lively discussion. The starting point had 3/9 of those in favour of re-nationalisation. By the end, most of us really didn't know especially as there would need to be a massive cash injection which the country can ill afford and the recipients are probably not in need of a subsidy(ie most of the people who use the railways are apparently middle classes- should we be mostly subsidising people who are already well off and may be 'on expenses'). Put up railway fares and subsidise buses may be an answer for those more socially minded. Certainly the question of billions from the public purse for HS2 is a controversial decision.Given in Europe that Macron needs to de-nationalise because new EU rules do not allow state ownership of the whole railway network apparently. As we are coming out of the EU, it is something we do not need to worry about.
June- How should local government be funded?
May - Open topics presented by those who attend (several short discussions)
Just come along and give us a try!