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  1. Bloody hell, I completely agree - another 'I can't believe I'm saying it' moment, I'd rather Trump than Biden any day of the week, just on behalf of all of the people on the wrong end of the bombs and drones. I take it you've heard about the establishment republicans and democrats getting together last week to stop Trump reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan? I'm done with the left vs right pantomime, it's the global establishment versus the people of earth.
  2. Oh dear, another long overdue reply - you're asking me why I think Starmer would mean we ended up with more war. It's a Starmer/Biden combo I'm afraid of. Biden is really ill at this point and would be a puppet of the US 'deep state', or whatever you want to call it, and Starmer appears to be in the pocket of the same people and happy to do their bidding, however sinister. I say that because of his behaviour over Assange/Wikileaks, in which it would appear he played a crucial role. It is theoretically possible that when DPP he was unaware of his department's key part in obliterating Assange's reputation so that he could be destroyed, but it isn't at all likely, especially in light of the fact that Starmer went to Washington to meet with Eric Holder in 2011, a point at which the US was orchestrating a major international effort to take Assange down. If you think that's hyperbolic - as we all know from the msm, there's really no story there, nothing going on, haha - you can hear details of this from Iceland's former Interior Minister: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P89SAtsjpxk Here's a really good article about Starmer: https://thegrayzone.com/2020/06/05/five-questions-for-new-labour-leader-sir-keir-starmer-about-his-uk-and-us-national-security-establishment-links/ I think that with Starmer in No. 10 and Biden in the Whitehouse, we might well see war with Iran - the scary lunatics in the US have been longing for that for ages and with their man in place here they'd be sure of UK support. I don't think they're insane enough to go for a hot war with Russia but, you know, they're pretty bloody insane and with the world in the state it's in I'm not sure we can entirely rule that out. Again, 2020's motto, can't believe I'm saying that.
  3. Argh, this post is ages old now but just wanted to agree with you extremely!
  4. Good news, thank you - have abandoned the grauniad but nice to get the odd thing filtered through. He doesn't expressly mention the impact on commercial property prices, which should be catastrophic. Two people I know - and I don't know many with normal office-jobs - have told me that their firms are giving up their premises and are going to be 'hot-officing'. An alexander technique practitioner I know has given up the room she rented for years in the City - in a whole building of therapy rooms rented to hands-on complementary therapy practitioners, most of whom will have lost the vast majority of their clients. What would be a silver lining to the economic catastrophe would be that the vast voids in commercial property led to purchase prices plummeting and people being able to buy commercial premises and convert them to residential, with a massive knock-on effect on residential property prices. But at this point I'm not expecting that, I'm fascinated to see how on earth the government is going to prevent the market from crashing this time. As for "... there is still a reserve army of eager buyers wanting to get their foot on the ladder. More will emerge after each successive price decline." This is a very static view - who's going to lend to them? Even if they do still have a job? Especially as so many people under 35 are already very heavily indebted. This adds to my sense that people who have been able to keep working and people who have been cushioned by money from the government haven't realised the sort of economic change we're in for. To combine these things, hmm, I wonder whether we might end up with the government cutting out all the theatre and middle-men and just lending people cheap money to buy houses directly. UKGOVMORT.
  5. Agreed, he might have won if he'd stuck to that but he was between a rock and a hard place - broadly speaking, lose the north or lose the southern cities. He picked the southern cities, it looks like under huge pressure not least from the parliamentary party. I think by doing so he relegated the labour party to opposition for a couple of rounds to come and the fact that Starmer is highly palatable to the south is not going to make up for that. Even if his blairish charms win over some southern tories, the north won't fall for him, they withstood the anti-brexit propaganda onslaught and are the wiser for it.
  6. I do love this board, I know we all have our moments (see the bitcoin thread recently) but it's still a relatively very civil corner of the net, what a treasure.
  7. Not crazy at all, you're in good company, or at least a lot of company! We know that the intelligence services were working to get rid of the labour government in the 70s. It does look like if the ostensible government takes a sideways step (Brexit?) the permanent state or whatever you want to call it goes into action.
  8. OK, well, we disagree. Covid appears to have the same death rate as a nasty flu bug and has been made far too much of. The devastation has been caused by the response, which is something that Johnson was browbeaten into by dodgy characters like Neil Ferguson. I am one of those people who is very suspicious of the whole business. We need to end the lockdown and crack on with our lives. As for brexit, I did not start out, pre-referendum, as a brexiteer but I am now one for constitutional reasons. It has gone on for far too long and we need to get out. Besides which, the EU is in real trouble, it looks like the euro might well be for the high-jump and in the long-term it is likely to benefit us to be out. I don't get the fear because I've been working with clients who are outside the EU all my working life. Outside the EU is most of the world, lest we forget. And god knows what would happen if they had referenda in France, Italy, Greece and Spain at the moment, we'd probably see a lot of '-exit' results.
  9. Maybe, maybe not but the last election was pretty much single-issue, despite the msm spin, and we need to respect the results of it. They were voted in to get us out of the EU and that needs to happen as a priority or we'll end up with blood on the streets. Starmer is dead set against that. I'm not sure anybody would have been 'up to' dealing with whatever covid is. I definitely don't want Starmer's labour party in charge, we'll be waging more wars before you can say Jack Robinson.
  10. I agree with the first part but I think Starmer might just be Blair reincarnate, with a few minor tweaks - we're there already. He'll be popular in the south but doubt he'll have much appeal at all in the north, given his anti-brexitism. I can't stand him because he was in charge of the CPS when they bullied Sweden into continuing to lie about Julian Assange. If push came to shove I would vote for Johnson over Starmer. Can't believe I'm saying that but then 'I can't believe I'm saying that' is something I seem to say an awful lot these days.
  11. "The market freeze has left many agents in despair." Hurray! "Many responded to the Rics monthly survey with unusually blunt one-word responses, such as “catastrophic”." Hurrah, music to our ears! "In Leicester, Andrew York, of Moore & York, said: “The market is entering a phase of complete disruption and possible meltdown”." Zippedy-doo-dah, let's have a virtual street-party! "Earlier this week, in one of the first major assessments of the market by a major forecaster, Knight Frank said it expected transactions to tumble by more than a third this year and prices to slip by 3%." Hurr... What? Say what now? Sorry, what did you just say? 3%?! Three blinking per cent?! But I thought it was, it was, they said catastrophic and possible meltdown - oooohhhhhhhhh, of course, you're all just estate agents just talking, that's where the Guardian is getting its info, estate agents and RICS, what fantastic sources of information. Well done Grauniad, you useless piece of tat. Cometh the day, and it won't be long, I will dance on your grave (hell hath no fury as a woman misled for decades). Of which, another great quote from this piece: "Rics is not an organisation that would call for a stamp duty holiday on a whim." Says... RICS!!! And hahapuke, of course it would, RICS would say ANYTHING! Edit - thought I should put in a bit of support for the RICS bit (as I'm not the Guardian)... 19 SEP 2018 Government must stamp out outdated housing taxes to help young people buy "RICS has long called on Government to incentivise downsizing, to no avail. One method suggested is to incentivise those with larger homes to move into smaller properties, by making them exempt from stamp duty. [...] Secondly, removing Stamp Duty altogether and adjusting Council Tax rates to account for lost revenue is also seen as a viable option, by just under 20% of respondents. [...] It is not surprising that our professionals feel that residential property taxation is out of kilter. If we consider tax in terms of how they disincentivise certain behaviours, SDLT makes purchasing, moving and making more effective use of stock costly at a time when we need all these things." 5 APR 2019 UK stamp duty: should it be abolished? - guess what their 'expert' suggests? 30 AUG 2019 Can we expect more changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax Regime? "Historically, RICS has called on the government to undertake a full-scale review of the SDLT regime, as opposed to the current piecemeal approach, and this view has not changed. [...] The review should also explore the many potential, alternative taxation measures, such as a stamp duty exemption for downsizers; or replacing stamp duty land tax with a reformed council tax." 19 DEC 2019 RICS Housing Forecast 2020: What should Government do next? - of course, 'fix' the stamp duty rules... 12 MAR 2020 Demand grows for UK housing, although uncertainty lies ahead "The ball is in the Chancellor’s court and his first budget is a great opportunity to deliver the long-term confidence the property industry and investors need – he can achieve this by reviewing stamp duty to encourage the supply of more homes, ensuring its fit for the twenty first century".
  12. Thanks for the link Jimmyjammy001. The title of the article is alreay propagandizing us - UK MAY NEED gov to step in. Thassright, whatever crazy sh it they come up with will be unavoidable, absolutely necessary, the only sensible way forward and therefore palatable to any reasonable adult. "[A]nticipated near-term sales dropped to their weakest level in more than two decades" - should be trouble, we should be getting somewhere. But of course they won't stop interfering and just let the housing market sort itself out naturally, what they will do is eff it up even more in some inventive way. I'd like to think that this is too big for them to deal with but they'll think of something. If only they would put their creative talents to good use. Praps we should start a thread taking bets on what the gov will do this time to keep the market from collapsing.
  13. Thanks for the heads-up, I will, stay well yourself. As for the help to small businesses, I know a car mechanic who has just been given 10 grand, which - as a taxpayer who won't be getting anything - I don't begrudge him at all. If there's one thing I hope this has taught us it's who does the important jobs.
  14. Good point well made - they're like gold dust and anyone who has one or is subletting one is the envy of their friends. What's wrong with rent controls? How are they bad for us? I'm in the incredibly fortunate position of having a lovely landlady who has only put the rent up twice in 13 years, one further moderate increase to come later this year. That's been amazing for me, I'm so thankful and feel so lucky but most landlords don't behave like that. Why wouldn't it be good for rent controls to stop landlords hiking rents too high/too often? I can't see a down-side.
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