Fareham East Ward Newsletter

Is spring really here? Have we seen the last of the warm sunny weather during this last week? Will the weather last? Oh dear no, the rain is back with a vengeance and the temperatures are dropping again. Ah well, meteorological spring began on 1st March so maybe the weather will improve soon.

Will the political situation change at the same time? Will Brexit go ahead on 29th of this month? Who knows, I certainly don’t!

Looking at local, rather than national matters is what this newsletter is about so, here we go:

First, our usual introduction:-

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Shameful Suella!

Suella’s second Q&A session on Brexit was shameful!  I had expected a grown up, balanced review of Brexit in keeping with the closeness of the referendum vote.  Instead we were lambasted with a torrent of ERG propaganda which could be summarised as “It’ll be alright on the night”.  I am afraid this is no longer good enough from our MP as this just emphasises the split in the whole country because it dismisses almost half the population.  This superficial populist view was loudly applauded by most of the audience even as she highlighted the dangers of populist movements in Europe!

The government’s own analysis that any Brexit is bad for the economy was simply denied.  This may be valid provided some evidence and analysis is offered in support of the denial.  Is she claiming that projections by the Government, the Treasury, the OBR, the Bank of England, the IFS, the World Bank and even the US treasury are ALL wrong?  If so, it needs some justification. How is she allowed to get away with this?

Attendees coming to the meeting were asked to submit any questions beforehand and then some would be selected to be asked at the meeting.  Questions selected included “When will remainer MPs stop prevaricating?” and “Is the ERG putting its own interests ahead of the country’s?”.  Hardly challenging and almost as if she had selected them herself!  Questions on the economy and world trade, the Northern Ireland backstop were simply not selected.

My (and your) taxes are paying Suella’s salary. I would like our representative to THINK and not simply spout leave propaganda. I want to know the impact of this key decision on myself, my children and my country.  This session failed to deliver.