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  1. Hope not! D'you realise that such a vote would give Labour more seats than the Conservatives?
  2. I don't think it's a 'political mood' at all. Neither individuals nor groups can vote for a hung parliament - it just happens. It comes from a rare arithmetical quirk after voters have placed their crosses firmly in the boxes of their specific party choice. I agree that the current voting intentions as reflected in the polls are suggesting, more and more, a hung parliament. Even if people wish for one, there's nothing they can do to bring one about.
  3. They almost have! They're introducing another 50% 'levy' which will be paid for by the employer - that's in addition to any income tax due by the recipient.
  4. Yes, and the reason is that there is no agreement, yet, between a willing prospective tenant with a willing landlord. There is a cost to each of them - the first doesn't get the property he wants and the latter doesn't get any rent. One day, the tenant will either give up on the idea and look elsewhere or the landlord will find the lack of income unbearable. The property will be let, or sold or demolished, eventually. In the meantime, you'll continue to see the empty shop. But, there's no conspiracy. But, if you're still sure there is, give us some details to work on. Edited to add: Just because a company has closed one of its outlets and the shop is empty doesn't mean they're not paying the rent, of course. Unless they've gone bust, they're still liable for the rent until the end of the agreed lease and are likely to be held to the agreement..
  5. Then you live in some parallel universe to that which those in the commercial market live. Just think it through, SNaCR. You really believe that there are conspiracies within the landlord 'class' to fix rents and ensure they never reduce. How do you think that the landlords, particularly the smaller ones, survive and make their mortgage repayments when holding out for an unachievable rent? Next thing you'll be saying is that house sellers only have to club together and refuse to drop their prices and they'll all get whatever they ask for their property!! Get away from your cell and join the real world. You know it makes sense. Or, perhaps you don't.
  6. Why? Why can't the most important markets deal with it today i.e. Friday? Are you selling short today?
  7. If they think that the VAT cut made no difference, they won't have any objection to it going back up, will they? They can't have it both ways.
  8. Please explain. I'm sure you can do so, giving verifiable evidence. Obviously, a simple but meaningless claim of "You're very, very naive." won't be worth reading.
  9. You seem to be suggesting some sort of conspiracy - even on a local, town-wide, basis - between landlords. If you have evidence, then I suggest you report it to the authorities because I'm sure that's breaking some sort of competition law. Even if such a thing existed - which I very much doubt - how long do you think landlords would hold out? Wouldn't you find that small, local, landlords of one or two shops would break ranks and let the properties at anything they could get? Better than having the places repossessed by the bank, don't you think? The world isn't full of conspirators I think you'll find, OnlyMe. Much as it's an easy explanation of things we find hard to understand.
  10. Reports of its death may be exaggerated. If the market works, then vacant shops will be taken over by others - at lower rents, perhaps - to replace the failed former businesses who may have been inefficient or paying too much rent. It's natural for those who fail in business to seek a scapegoat. Usually it's the banks or 'unfair' competition or tax in some form or another. They rarely blame their failure on their own lack of business competence, payment of too high rents, proprietors' withdrawals not matched by profits or money-wasting activities like driving around in prestigious motor vehicles. Meanwhile, we'll see empty and boarded up shops which may or may not be re-occupied. There's no law, of course, whether economic or otherwise, which states that certain shops or streets or towns, even, have some God-given right to exist. That's life.
  11. Advice: 2. Take the resolution of disputed Council Tax bills seriously and make it your business to ensure that your communications are actually received by the claimants. Don't assume that silence means they don't want the money. 1. Go to their offices and sort it out now.
  12. What's the purpose of your post? You don't seem to be looking for advice.
  13. You need an architect or a builder. Alternatively, a marriage counsellor might be better!
  14. "day to day business" like paying out cash to customers who've queued all night for it, d'you mean? I'm not sure where you think the cash would have magically appeared from for the new prudent owners to pay out. Would the new owners even be able to convince the public that the business is solvent? I doubt it. What other bank would deal with them? People get a little carried away when they think that their 'hard earned' savings have disappeared and, in desperation, are prepared to do almost anything either to get it back or vent their anger. There aren't enough police and military in the country to keep control in such a situation - they just couldn't cover the ground. In any case, lots of them would be in the bank queues, themselves!
  15. What a coincidence! My neighbour's cousin's wife's sister's boyfriend's father's uncle said exactly the same! Mind you, I think he was talking about a boil that was coming on his a........................
  16. That is highly unlikely. If the PR system proposed is one where the voter gives a first and a second choice vote, the latter to be used if no-one reaches 50%, then the Conservatives will definitely want to avoid it at all cost. It's been calculated that there is a much greater likelihood of Labour and Lib Dem voters giving their second choice to each others party, with the result that the Conservatives would lose out big time. 'Big time' as in 'being out of power for decades'! So, there's no way they'll support it - which is why Brown's suggesting it, of course.
  17. Sorry about that; I should have remembered that it was more seats that Labour had than Conservatives. Whether we like it or not, that's what counts.
  18. It probably is today but it wasn't at the last election.
  19. This is just a flash in the pan - it always happens at Conference time. Next week you'll see the swing back to the Conservatives. But, it could be close when the election comes. It's OK as long as the Lib Dems don't do too well - they'd jump at the chance of supporting Labour in putting up a PR referendum. PR isn't something the Conservatives support and it's for very good reasons. It would slaughter the party and the idea needs to be slammed.
  20. No, you're not right in thinking that. The sovereign will ask whoever claims to have a majority in the Commons - whether by their own party or a combination - to form a government. If no-one is able to do so, there could be a minority government, and as long as they don't get voted down on 'important' issues, they'd carry on. The overall vote in the country has nothing to do with it (at present) - it's all down to power at Westminster. If Brown's plan, mentioned yesterday, comes to pass, perhaps there'll be a more representative government in power in the future.
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