If there is no fundamental science then there is no basis for applied science. We have to strike a balance. 23 years ago the World Wide Web was born here. It has changed the world dramatically.
If you don't invest in basic research at some stage you start losing the basis of applied research.
Whatever basic science resolves, at some stage it is of use to society. The problem is we do not know when or where.
People are saying I don't need science, I have everything, but everything is based on science.
The ability to work together has to be in the blood of particle physicists. They learn very early on that it is impossible to advance on one's own and that constant exchange is necessary.