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    “homeownership is so economically and socially advantageous" - Conservative MP Chris Philp

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  1. In the country council elections I'll probably be avoiding the Conservatives, but not because the CC Conservatives are particularly linked to BJ or any of that nonsense. No, in my case it'll actually be for a local reason: namely their apparent belief that wealthy Boomers have the right to obstruct pavements with their Merc's & BMW's and force people, mainly women with preschool aged kids and pre- & intra-war OAP's to walk into busy roads. Absolutely disgusting attitude from the supposed party of law & order. I tend to agree with you on this; it does seem this government ke
  2. I've had a quick skim and TBH the paper seems well researched with some interesting conclusions, although it shies away from concluding as to whether Brexit was a good or bad thing. The main point they seem to be making though is that although remainers were more likely to hold a more considered understanding, being presented with binary choice on such a complex issue would mean that most people, regardless of political position wouldn't understand enough of the topic to be able to generate an informed opinion. And I think that's fair enough.
  3. I must be dumb then for wanting to leave the EU (but not the EEA, that's just stupid and irrational). I definitely agree with this. Switzerland has shown that having regular referendums, often on relatively discreet issues tends to produce the best outcomes.
  4. Going to have to agree with you there. Taking a loss on bailing out the banks, helping out BTL'ers, making the UK the only country in the world with privatised water (great profits to be had!), repeatedly re-privatising some rail services even though it was run cheaper and better when it defaulted to public hands and then there's the CAA's drone flier database. £9 per entry and registration enforced by law. Just imagine doing consulting and telling your client it'll cost £900,000 for a simple database (consisting of name, address & employee number) of your of your 100,000 employees. L
  5. Reflux. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries momentum built over the injustice of having an almost all powerful land-owning class atop of everyone else. People of that generation sacrificed, sometimes with their lives to enable future generations to live better than they did; a sentiment which persisted right up until the Boomers. And that generation is where the tide once again turned. Now we're heading towards and ever greater concentration of land and by extension the wealth of the country. This becomes most obvious when you look at the statistics for labour vs. assets; the reset
  6. An 'unexpected' drop in HP would inevitably shake the weaker hands, and there must be plenty given how stretched people must be at the moment. And I suspect there isn't much margin left that people can call on, so another small drop followed by another and another and buyers start to get scared of overpaying / risking everything for a falling asset. I could see a small bump being explained but consistent bumps even if small and partially corrected some months ("green shoots") is I suspect all it would take to spark some material downward pressure.
  7. Oh they can. Just not to you! 😏 A few years ago I read a paper which talked abut the Palestinian conflict and it wasn't until I finished and went back up to the top that I realised it was written in the mid-late 1960's(!). You could have written it yesterday. From that manifesto: "History does not repeat, but it rhymes."
  8. And what to the recipients / voters of then do now? And don't tell me they complain about the young frittering their money away as a reason for not being able to buy themselves a home, that would be hypocritical.
  9. No wonder they're delaying the removal of section 21 (no fault) evictions. I wonder how many parasites are using the opportunity to get out while they can? I was once told that sentiment can move like a landslide - looks solid at first but then comes a sudden change and... The worst thing for the current market would be an economic recovery, whether that be here or somewhere else significant (U.S.). Increased velocity of money in the earlier or loss of currency faith in the latter would certainly get the initial dirt falling.
  10. Lost your low-paid job in catering or retail? So what? Mr & Mrs 'professional' on £2k/mth (each) have been on effective paid leave for several months and have had nowhere to really splash the cash. And what's more they and many like them have realised they don't need to commute in everyday and can quite happily move out of their shoebox. And it gets better: they've just found some BTL'er muppet who will pay £££'s for their old place whilst they load up on historically cheap debt and take advantage of the stamp duty holiday. But some on here can't work out how prices could be rising?
  11. Looks like you're trying to move the goalposts. Take the roads away and will your car still work? Take the electricity away and will your computer? Take the water and will anything really matter? I was annoyed earlier today when an otherwise quite respectable doctor posted a fundraising video for India. The Indian government was told by their very own people that allowing mass gatherings or "mega-spreading" events would likely result in an overwhelmed medical system. But they did so anyway and now they are appealing for help as the chickens have inevitably come home to roost. Look
  12. I've started getting more listings in general although still less than this time last year. But the prices... £300k for a property with parking, except the in the details it says that's STPP. Well the nearly 100 other homes on that side of the street don't have parking and it's not exactly difficult to see why that is. But £300k... A little over a year ago that sort of 'rip-and-tip' probate property would be valued at perhaps £230k- £250k and I'd considered that a lot but now are people really desperate enough to pay £300k for a dump with poor local transport links and nowhere to park you
  13. A friend at work once quipped the solution is to give everyone a home, something like a reinforced ISO container but do so only if they have no children. And whilst I doubt that's workable on it's own I have met enough scum people to know that removing benefits would definitely have an effect. There's a section of video on YT where a Chinese migrant worker is filmed talking to an African man. It starts off with the African essentially belittling the Chinese to which the Chinese man responds with words to the effect: "We started with nothing and had to build everything from
  14. That's a lot of food. Explains his appearance though; so much for the diet.
  15. The kind of people who have experienced the recession are not the same people who normally buy houses. It's a recession in low paid industries / jobs. National debt hasn't been relevant for quite some time; there is no pressure to relieve it so no pressure to worry. Opportunities to pi** money up the wall taken away so more money for what is left. Low paid industries in dire straights. Opportunities to pi** money up the wall taken away so more money for what is left. The BlackBeltBarrister posted a YT video on capital punishment the other day and the comments w
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