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  1. Even if painters are on £750 a week, and I personally know a lot of them are not, that may well include working 6 days a week, supplying your own van and paint consumables, and travel to site, costs of running a self employed business, insurance etc. I have spoken to plasterers saying that the day rate on a new-build site is more like 80 quid a day which when you are self employed is peanuts.
  2. Just did some fit-out work at a university in Kent with a new building. Workmanship is shocking and most of the facility not fit for purpose. The expensive London consultants used for the design of one area must be employing people with severe mental difficulties so wrong is the technical design of some of the rooms yet a small business like mine, local to the area, wouldn't get a look in. Knowing some of the staff, my comments have led to extensive re-design but I doubt the original designers will care or b sanctioned. Massive waste of student money and you know the prospectus will just be full of 'state of the art' comments when in reality it really is anything but. I have experienced this in every university job I have been involved in - millions spent on buildings not fit for purpose. This particular university's expansion rate in regards to new buildings has been almost exponential. Has to stop some time soon when reality hits home to students that the jobs are not out there. Other funny thing is I met an old lecturer there from when I went to this university (my job is unrelated to the degree I got there) and he was with two students - I was doing manual type work and the two students seemed to pity me for having been reduced to working on a construction site although i was getting paid handsomely as it was a last minute thing I helped a contractor out with. I can guarantee that 75% of the people on the site are earning more than 90% of the students there ever will.
  3. Have donated a couple of times before and assumed most people would be occasional donors so haven't for a while - tenner sent.
  4. The more I learn about the UK the more I see that we are just hanging on to past glories and not accepting that we have to change massively in political and societal terms to survive. I read this the other day - I never even knew we were Marshall Plan recipients, let alone the biggest, and we blew it! http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/marshall_01.shtml
  5. Look to more equitable societies in Scandinavian countries and although a doctor is paid more the inequalities are far less.
  6. Some of those one in 5 may end up not being re-elected - in this current political climate the landscape of parliament could change very rapidly. Safe seats like Canterbury at the last election could become very common. When the turnout is low at elections it means the main parties are very unsure of what the people who didn't vote might for if they decided to at the next election. There may be a movement to not vote for MP's who are landlords regardless of party for example - that would definitely change parliament.
  7. No - that, like all extreme fanatical socialist societies thus far was hijacked communism.
  8. People miss the point that if there are no shelf stackers, warehousemen, farm labourers, drivers, fertilizer factory workers etc. then there is no food and you will get ill. A doctor can not cure hunger. In a more equitable society it is likely that people would be more likely to become doctors because they thought it was an interesting and worthy occupation - not because it meant they could join the best golf club and holiday in St Tropez several times a year. It is also likely the general level of education would increase substantially so the ability of more people to be able to progress to more complex jobs like a doctor would be possible. You might even assign doctors to shelf stack once a week so that the shelf stackers could do something a bit different that day. If doctors weren't massively expensive to pay that wouldn't be a problem. I recommend you read some of Danny Dorling's books on equality.
  9. My kids will love that feature: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2518479954836101
  10. The main aim of this legislation was to open up the market for tenants to be able to choose a property. At present with the vast difference in fees a tenant can no choose between properties without being stuck with an agent they have not chosen (the landlord has and he has little interest in what the agency charges tenants- more interested in any commission they take from the rent. If rents go up, as they probably will it should be across the board. Landlords will naturally look for agents with the lowest fees if these costs are to passed over to them instead of the tenant so overall rents should stay the same or, more likely, will drop slightly. As suggested above, the market will become more liquid for tenants as well as easier and less costly to move. We have been renting our place nearly 6 years and must have looked at 10 places in that time and just thought 'nah, not paying those fees'.
  11. I believe the ban is for new tenancies after that date. A year later in 2020 it will apply to all tenancies so people checking out will not have to pay check out fees etc.
  12. I wonder if agents are trying to defeat the price sold history. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51283110.html This one doesn't show anything but https://houseprices.io/rye/camber/badger-way?p=2 shows a sale price of £240,000 in Nov 2008. Camber is OK in some ways but pretty rough in may others. Plus likely to be flooded in 30 years time from sea level change. Anyway, most of the houses old int he last two years are losing money when inflation is taken into account. This is a bell-weather for the big losses coming to many badly built new builds on their first resale. It is No. 15 Badger Way by the way. Price Change History 18/12/2018 Price Changed: £279,950 £269,950 30/10/2018 Price Changed: £289,950 £279,950 08/06/2018 Price Changed: £299,950 £289,950 04/04/2018 Initial entry found.
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