Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:47 PM
This topic almost deserves it's own separate thread. I'm a London Renter, worse than that a Flat-share renter and it occured to me a few years ago it would be cheaper to permanently live in a Travel Lodge. Ok, so it's a bit Alan Partridge, but the benefits as you mentioned are no council tax, gas, elec, water, house insurance, tv license etc - added to that you get free parking (lots of so no problems for visitors), clean linen and towels daily, free wi fi, transicent neighbours, and if you're lucky enough to be at a service station there's a 24 hour shop.
This couple knew it made sense http://news.bbc.co.u...ire/6988927.stm
I hadn't heard about that couple.
Thanks for the link.
If you say "Democorruptcy" quickly, it sounds a bit like "Democracy". In a "Democracy" people vote for politicians who represent their interests. In the UK's "Democorruptcy" people can only vote for expense fiddling thieving MPs who are in the hip pocket of big business and the finance sector.
A "Governbankment" is a Government like ours, that has no line between itself and banks. It diverts public money (our taxes) to private companies (banks). George Osborne's Help to
Buy Bail Banks, promises our taxes will go to bankers, to cover their losses on mortgages that default.
The more houses cost, the more hours you have to work to buy one. The more hours you work, the more taxes you have to pay the Governbankment. The more debt you take on and the longer the mortgage term, the more interest you have to pay bankers, so the more hours you also have to work for them.
House were cheap when people did mortgages at 3x main income for a whole house. Now banks encourage them to do 4.5x joint income, often for only a share of a house, the houses cost a lot more. House prices are all about people's appetite for lending.
If it is asserted that civilization is a real advance in the condition of man -- and I think that it is, though only the wise improve their advantages -- it must be shown that it has produced better dwellings without making them more costly; and the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.