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  1. If London loses, so does the rest of the country http://www.onlondon.co.uk/loathing-of-london-betrays-a-dearth-of-vision-for-the-uk/
  2. More on the rise of tourist numbers overwhelming some cities (not London, which is big enough to absorb numbers) https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/04/tourism-kills-neighbourhoods-save-city-break?utm_content=buffer88459&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  3. You're right that in the past people fled the inner city parts that have now been gentrified - Notting Hill, Islington, Brixton etc. A large part of this is tourism - including the 6 months learn a language by working in a cafe-bar variety. Over the years tourism has continued to rise - so much so that certain city residents are forming action groups to halt it eg Venice, Barcelona. The question that needs to be answered is this - Are we likely to see a downturn in the appeal of London as a tourist destination? I doubt it, but things could change quickly, especially if street crime really becomes rampant.
  4. Go a bit earlier (between 6am and 7.30am), or on the cheaper buses, and the mix is again completely different. EEs, Africans, Portuguese, Asians etc etc. The working classes going to early shift.
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    Brexit - implications for the EU

    Not been in McDs lately so perhaps it has changed, but outside of zone 1 it seems to be a place that still atracts British workers (students maybe?). Greggs also seems to manage it, in a way you don't see with the likes of Pret a Manger and other chains.
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    Brexit - implications for the EU

    As for medical/health workers coming to the UK, that is correct - the sector was hit hard by austerity measures, although numbers employed in the sector are rising again in Spain https://twitter.com/ibexsalad/status/892676572196503552 Their danger (as per the UK) will soon be that their experienced/skilled staff will head to better paid positions in the Gulf or Florida etc. Last time (only just over a decade ago) that Spain was short of a skilled workforce they imported people from places like Ecuador, Peru, Morocco and Romania.
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    Brexit - implications for the EU

    Always been migrant workers in London and certain other cities - where do you think the majority of cafe-bars and restaurants get their staff? The wages are obviously not the major draw (otherwise the hard-working youth from Sunderland, Manchester etc would be drawn here), but the opportunity to improve their English and have a good time. Maybe I lack enough contacts, but the Spanish/Italian/Polish I meet here in London settle for a cheapish £140 bedsit so they still have a little money left over from their job(s) giving them £280 a week. A busy cafe or restaurant would not be happy taking on staff for just 16 hours when they are needed 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not sure either that they get the better of the deal compared to someone who goes to Madrid or Turin to teach English and can draw 25 euros a hour giving private classes.
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    Yep, it's going to be a ready-made scapegoat. And yes of course Brexit will hammer the manufacturing, finance and pharma industries. But it is nonetheless a scapegoat. How many papers or politicians will blame the bubble (caused by easy credit, liar loans, qe, artificially low interest rates etc etc) for the subsequent bust?
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    This will all be blamed on Brexit you know? Even some of us who think Brexit (without the right plan) has been an incredibly stupid decision, will realise that it will be made the scapegoat - and the real guilty parties (those who pumped up the market through loose credit and low building targets) will escape scott-free. Still, never mind. All great countries eventually break up. Annoying to know the guilty people will escape to their French estate or Bahamas villa.
  10. Much as I dislike the Tory party, all this house price inflation happened under Labour as well. And it's really not down to the sell-off of social housing nor movements of people. Relaxation of credit controls. Make a mortgage limited to 3 times a verified salary (and enforce a decent deposit) and we wouldn't have had this madness.
  11. Turn it around? Anyone here who think that is possible?
  12. Maybe every block could employ caretakers/concierges who'd be able to turn on sprinklers in a true emergency, rather than an automatic system prone to abuse?
  13. Not sure on this particular point (yes to stricter cladding laws, better escape stairs/ladders and alarms etc) Problem is with false alarms. Water seeping through ceilings can cause a fire risk too (getting into electrics) as well as causing immense damage to people's properties.
  14. Face it Brexit (involving leaving the single market) is over. 2 reasons 1 Ruth Davidson's new Scottish Tories would not accept it. 2 Many of the hardline Brexit Tories like IDS are now conscious their own seats are at risk if the government falls and there is another election this year In short, the need to prevent Labour/Corbyn taking power, takes precedence over the Brexit gamble

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