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  1. Whether or not you agree with the smoking ban (personally I dont, its too draconian) the fact remains that we were conned with it. Right up to the vote we were told there would be some places, ie, membership clubs, that would be exempt. IIRC MPs were supposed to be voting for these lesser measures..

    That stifled protest as people thought they would be left with something, and landlords thought they could cope with the proposals. AT THE LAST MINUTE it was changed to a free vote resulting in the outright ban.

    Incidentally, they can still smoke at the House, at Duty Free Prices too - its time we took away Parliament's exemption from British Law.

  2. Good points - I remember a Gvt wheeze not so long ago that allows councils to "appropriate" empty homes for themselves and rent them out for 7 years.

    I dont know if this policy was actually enacted, or like so many, was simply a convenient headline at the time...

    However, the terms i remember were that the property only had to be empty for 6 months.. personally I think that is scandalous, in the case of people who inherit a property, they have hardly gone through clearing out the property before it is snatched off them by the council.

    I suspect though, as far as empty homes vs, new builds = not just the same amount of revenue in it for the greedy government and councils...

    I have heard and read a few stories recently stating that in the UK there are up to 1 Million empty homes. I was recently listening to Frizzers CWR and Merryn Somerset Webb also stated that there are up to 1 million empty properties.

    Couple of points..

    That is a lot of empty homes. Why during the hpc cold war, was this fact not used and SHOUTED from the rooftops when battling with the Bulls and the old, lack of supply/small island arguments.

    Who owns all this property? I did watch a london based programme a few weeks ago which highlighted that TFL (Transport for london) Owned many tens of thousands of derelict houses that were bought as long ago as the 70`s with a view to extending current road links :blink:

    Why are there so many though?

    Where is the housing shortage?


  3. He is responsible for emptying entire estates of terraced houses in the North in preparation for demolition and rebuild. Having achieved part 1 of said plan I don't think he's got much further. Clever Eh!. WoW We are run by the Best in Britain aren't we.

    People were compulsorily purchased for derisory amounts. The houses were done up, sold at huge profits...the original owners could never afford to move back in...nor purchase anywhere else..

    When I see Prescot the closing lines of Animal Farm always spring to mind...

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