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  1. I wonder if we are just seeing another outcome of post industrial Britain. I'm old enough to remember when flying to Med countries like Greece and Spain in the 80s/90s and being surprised to find old ladies at the airport touting their private accommodation. Maybe for many folk the only way to earn a living is to rent out the spare bedroom. I realise that employers are crying out for waiters/waitresses, baristas, delivery folk etc., but in general they want younger bodies for that type of work. Of course the other side of the equation is the demand for holiday accommodation. I personally prefer the professional hotel or guest house, but many folk love the service that Homeaway or Airbnb provide. Maybe there is some way of using taxes generated by those companies to invest in new (genuinely affordable) homes for locals?
  2. End of the day it must be nearly impossible (given current govt systems) to know how many EU migrants stayed here after the pandemic. I myself know some who applied for (and got) settled status approval, yet decided to go back home as their businesses here had become unviable. Others, who I suspect were working black, left because their employers no longer operated. Still others stayed, as they were "key workers" and found they could work as many hours as they could manage.
  3. I think the Co-op have decided to offer great batch deals eg 2 pizzas and 4 beers for £6 (seemed a great deal at the time, but I may have misremembered the exact price). In effect the new loss-leader. By doing this, and once you're in the store you pay the extra for the beans and/or pies. The Co-op is getting a bit like Tescos - they are opening up lots of stores, so are convenient, but you propably wouldn't use them if they were located next to another supermarket.
  4. It doesn't seem too many years back that the end of the British resort was being forecast. I suppose that the added difficulty of flying abroad, and warmer summers, mean the great British holiday resort is making a big comeback. If residential properties on the coast are being snapped up and used for holidaymakers, it means that local residents have to move inland a mile or two. I don't see that anyone is "entitled" to that sea-view, unless they can pay for it.
  5. Given the shower in charge in Westminster, you can see why independence is popular for many Scots. But I suspect the main sticking point will come down to this. What currency will Scotland be using the day after independence? Remember it will take some time before agreement can be reached on joining the EU. Is Scotland prepared to join the stronger currency?
  6. Artillery that we are being told is in very short supply...d'oh! Trouble with all the lies that the trolls use, is they quickly get exposed. One day they may trick us by speaking the truth. Could be a long way off.
  7. It's being put about that a large element of why petrol prices have risen so much here in the UK, is because in recent years the value of the pound has slumped against the dollar.
  8. It's hard to survive when you don't get paid much... https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/30/boris-johnson-regularly-complains-he-cant-afford-to-do-his-job-15015430/
  9. Feels strange to write this (as I feel the RMT have every right to fight to prevent a further cut in wages), but I don't see how they win this battle. Most commuters have adapted to WFH when needed, and I can't see a beleaguered government caving in on this. Even if Johnson were deposed and another leader installed, I can't see anyone deciding to grant the RMT a big pay rise (in effect a slight pay cut given how high inflation already is). I'm hoping I've completely misjudged this, but I suspect the RMT will lose the battle, albeit in a way that portrays them as tragic losers.
  10. I've put 5% but I'm sure there will be some sectors who have the industrial strength to gain more, just as there will be workers who have to settle for less. Strange thing is, the rail workers are seen as being militant because they want a 7% rise, but inflation is already running in the region of 10%. So even if they are successful (and I fear the odds are against them, society has become well trained in wfh) they have had in effect a pay cut. And if inflation gets up to 12 or 13% by year end, what then? Will people accept further cuts in their standard of living? Some may have no choice, but others will flex their muscle. The economy is in a huge mess.
  11. Yes, but not too much more on the direct income tax, as it will look bad. For example, a tax on "unhealthy food". Start with sugar and carbonated drinks, and foods that contain sugar. Then move onto most takeaways, pre-prepared foods etc etc. It will be done in the name of improving people's diet, but they will keep the tax at just the right level that it brings in revenue but doesn't deter most folk. There may be a move to encourage further Airbnb letting out of domestic property. And then rake in tax receipts from that income. I can even see an election ploy to promise increased tax allowances for people who've lived > 20 years in the country. In effect raising the tax rate for younger workers and migrant labour.
  12. I certainly don't envy the lot of a younger person these days, particularly if they don't have special skills or have a well-off family to support them. Of course, in certain areas, whether it be professional sports or fintech, the rewards are greater than ever. But for the average Jo(e), it seems almost impossible to pay bills from the average type of job, and things are going to get worse. All very well if you're in a strong union and can get close to a 7% wage rise - but inflation is due to rise to 12% by winter. Things are going to get worse for most of the population.
  13. Do you really think the public are against the unions at this point? I'm getting the opposite impression. People are currently on the RMT side, because they see how fat cats and corrupt politicians have raked it in over the last few years. They are also entertained when Lynch exposes lies in interviews. It could all change at some point, but who knows when that would be?
  14. Chesterfield bin men call off their strike after gaining a 7.5% payrise.
  15. Those currently in power are both corrupt and incompetent. A nasty combination (could say that about the whole cabinet) Having said that, too easy to blame just the current administration. We as a nation have voted for these clowns (and institutions ranging from MI5 to the BBC have enabled their lies and propaganda). We've got a bleak future ahead of us, and as a country we deserve it.
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