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  1. Increased taxation is clearly the way its going to go given the reaction at the last general election to the revolutionary concept of making people pay for their own care. Your second point is an interesting one. Are we now at a point where continually advancing medical science to keep people simply existing is counter productive? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for extending the amount of time people can live full, active lives, but recent advances seem to be simply stopping people from dying whilst making them more and more dependant on increasingly expensive care
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    London - terminal decline?

    What if you want to do that sort of thing more than once or twice a year though? - I still *like* regularly going to the theatre / exhibitions etc and I’ve been here nearly 20 years. Not to say your rural idyll doesn’t also sound nice - but there’s plenty of time for that in retirement. In all honesty, I won’t be here forever. But that’s not because I don’t like it - it’s simply because closer to retirement I think I’ll want different things from life.
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    London - terminal decline?

    Predictable London bashing on this thread by the usual suspects - it’s the same every time this topic is wheeled out. To provide a bit of balance (as a resident)- over the past few weeks, I’ve visited the best Royal Academy summer exhibition in years, watched some of the best theatre I’ve ever seen with the Imperium two parter at the Gielgud Theatre, had a lovely stroll around the revamped Kew and whiled away a fair few balmy summer evenings in very nice riverside bars/pubs/restaurants. Plus I spent the whole summer commuting to work on the river for the first time (a revelation) Try doing all that in some provincial town! And to address @fru-gal ‘s original point about London feeling more hostile / unsafe - depends whereabouts you live I suppose. Cuts to policing and turning a blind eye to “soft drugs” definitely seem to have increased the overall crime rate in London, but as others have pointed out, crime in general is on the increase across the country - particularly with things like targeting of isolated rural areas and county lines drug dealing etc. Relatively easily reversed with a bit of political will if we actually had a functioning government- but that’s a different topic..
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    Sell to travel

    Good luck! Brave move but I’m sure it’ll result in some lifelong memories/experiences to cherish. Beats slogging away in the U.K.
  5. Trump is (attempting) to buck the long term trend towards tighter gun controls but the direction of travel is clear. Whilst he's in power various state legislatures are working to impose stricter controls at the state level (California for example has new laws coming in 2018, Washington state and Massachusetts are also looking at various measures). When he inevitably gets replaced by a democrat in 2020, gun control policies at the federal level will be front and centre again.
  6. You make a very compelling argument for why people label themselves as an entrepreneur or "CEO" - i'd agree with all of that. What i am more interested in though is how we got from a post WW2 consensus where there genuinely seemed to be a wide-spread move towards more egalitarian societies to our current situation where we're back to the naked greed, exploitation and rentierism of the 19th century. The most worrying aspect of that for me is how the organisations that we would expect to champion egalitarian values (universities, charities, councils) now appear to be right at the forefront of this regression - increasingly led by the modern day equivalent of the 19th century robber baron.
  7. FTFY Agree we make heroes out of entrepreneurs but I don't think that's the motivation for university chancellors, charity bosses and councillors setting themselves up as CEOs - well not the entirety of it anyway) What's going on is far more cynical - it's the fact that extracting rents is the only game in town in our dysfunctional economy - so every man and his dog wants to set themselves up with "assets" to "leverage". This approach is increasingly replacing the old fashioned troughing that used to go on in governmental, quasi-governmental and third sector organisations. There's less scope to hide that kind of stuff in the age of blogs and social media so the trick is to now set yourself up as a "visionary leader' who must be paid according to market rates. That's what happens when you financialize your economy.
  8. Hence the various moves afoot to take away their guns
  9. Wake me up when any of the protests you've referenced involve a credible threat to the people in authority in those locations. The Greek situation clearly shows how far you can push people in a developed nation without actually triggering a revolution
  10. We're still a long way from that in most developed western countries - people are (generally) still to comfortable to revolt. History has shown that you need mass starvation, mass unemployment or extreme agitation from an internal or external party (or a combination of the above) to get to the point where the masses revolt. They literally need to have nothing left to lose. The "elites" know that and hence allow just enough crumbs to fall from the masters table to prevent it.
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    Mexican standoff

    I stand corrected. Sounds absolutely insane
  12. @MARTINX9 - it's not as simple as blaming immigration or the Tories (and believe me I'm no fan of the current shower we have in charge) The London councils with the worst housing problems actually tend to be entrenched, safe Labour seats (like Greenwich). They have pursued a long term policy of actively building a dependent client population who they can farm for votes - regardless of whether they were UK born or immigrants. They have been *too* successful at that and are now reaping what they have sown. There is no easy fix for the situation and it certainly isn't dumping the problem on another part of the country that had nothing to do with creating it.
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    Mexican standoff

    How is that even possible? Got any examples of these "200% negative equity mortgage" products?
  14. This doesn't surprise me at all from the "royal borough" of Greenwich. Lots of BTL councillors probably looking to offload their portfolios. The area has historically been dominated by labour troughers (is there a worse kind?) - the prime example being the former head of Greenwich council who now runs a "consultancy" specialising in advising housing developers... They've also been transferring the borough's heritage property and assets to an arms length company run by former councillors- how the feck can that be legal? The area is changing though (or at least west Greenwich is) so a lot more attention is being drawn to their dodgy dealings these days. Whether the entrenched labour council will ever be dislodged though is debateable
  15. I can see Waitrose surviving - always plenty of shoppers about (in the ones near me at least) The John Lewis department stores I've been to though never seem to be very busy. And the people that are in there tend to be ageing boomers. Given their "prestige" locations, their overheads must be massive

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