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  1. I agree but it is an interesting experiment and gives the population a sense of contributing to the national debate. I guess after a while the novelty wears off and people will only sign referenda which are substantive.
  2. The 50K referenda are optional. I guess after a while the novelty wears off and people will only sign referenda which are substantive
  3. Population of Switzerland is 8m, the equivalent for the UK would be 800,000 people. If you could get that many people supporting an issue in the UK, it probably means government needs to respond
  4. If Brexit goes badly (even in the best case scenario, the first few years will be bloody difficult) then UK low skilled workers might start wanting to emigrate...
  5. These lists are basically rubbish and made for UK consumption (TimesHigher is read only in the UK). Everyone working in academia knows that the top UK universities are middling at best. A more balanced view of quality can be seen by looking at http://www.nature.com/news/where-nobel-winners-get-their-start-1.20757 but to be honest, it is also only a partial picture
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/05/rising-rents-force-housing-policy-change-homes-tory Tory ‘buy as you go’ plan to make renters homeowners
  7. Number of MP landlords has risen by a quarter since last parliament http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/jan/14/mp-landlords-number-risen-quarter-last-parliament-housing-bill
  8. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/20/right-to-buy-disastrous-for-housing-market
  9. Isn't this since 2012 ?- only a tiny fraction of RTB have been sold in this period. Our current problems are due to the last few decades when most of the properties were sold. I guess this list has more to do with how stretched the council budgets are and how unaffordable housing is.
  10. Still more rubbish. To get exponential growth you need a multiplier effect like a chain reaction in a nuclear reactor -i.e. each new immigrant somehow causing many more of the local population (than the immigrants who have arrived) to spontaneously need more houses - frankly absurd. To summarise, the graph shows that houseprice increases are not primarily due to increased demand. In all these paragraphs written by several here, I fail to see any coherent arguments to the contrary. If you have something worthwhile to say then you can usually say it in a few sentences. If you cannot then it is a bad sign...
  11. Absolute Rubbish. End Of. The graph shows population growing linearly at a few fraction of a percent per annum (immigration) and exponential growth of house prices. As an honest, numerate person, to me either the graph is wrong or immigration is irrelevant. If I am mistaken then please enlighten, concisely - as Samuel Johnson said "young persons should be taught to think justly, and write clearly, neatly, and succinctly". Dr Johnson also said "However we may labour for our own deception, truth, though unwelcome, will sometimes intrude upon the mind."
  12. Absolute rubbish. Either the graph is WRONG or immigration is IRRELEVANT. Probably because most immigrants are not buying houses. What a bunch of muppets.
  13. I hear that some slaves are now going on to forums like housepricecrash to complain. Reminds me of 476 AD.
  14. It was just (a very effective) election bribe Interesting to see if this has legs. ex-council flat that has made headlines this week after being sold for £1.2m http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/14/right-to-buy-scheme-disaster-housing
  15. Most revealing statement from the developer was the fact that they let slip that their buyers don't want social housing tenants as they would take the development downmarket, i.e. reduce the value of their investment.
  16. It's right in front of your eyes and still you don't see ..... http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/18/britain-political-elite-fooled-us-again
  17. See http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/18/britain-political-elite-fooled-us-again
  18. You have obviously not used the trains in France or Germany recently. They are so much much cheaper, faster and efficient than the trains here that it would be much easier to commute if you really needed to. The reason is much more rigorous regulation of both rented and owner occupied property and much better planning regulation in commuter belts (no nimbys). Having lived in both places I'd say that both countries also have their own particular problems which are different to the UK. These days it's very bad to be young in France and to have no technical skills in Germany.
  19. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/08/selling-off-britain-ownership-crisis-debate Interesting article
  20. Prime London is another planet I just saw this documentary about Mayfair - now even high end luxury shops can no longer afford rents there unless they are part of a global luxury multinational. Welcome to Mayfair http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cktq4
  21. I bought a two-bed flat for £32,750 in 1985 and sold my home of 20 years for £660,000 in 2014. The next generation is not so lucky. How did the property market get so unfair? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/05/how-i-won-the-housing-market-without-really-trying
  22. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/28/-sp-nhs-hires-3000-foreign-doctors-staff-shortage NHS hires 3,000 foreign doctors in one year to fight lack of homegrown staff
  23. There is nothing wrong with rich people and in fact with inequality. It motivates talented people to create wealth. Since there are many more poor people than rich people, the majority of talented people are likely to be poor. The problem is that there is overwhelming evidence that the way our societies are structured it is becoming harder and harder for talented poor people to create wealth which is bad for all of us. Taking the long view, the path we are on will lead inevitably to instability. There may be a brief wave of populist fascism but I am afraid it's pitchforks and guillotines for the super rich .
  24. Is the average person really better off today? Even if we discount houses. Cheap disposable consumer goods, electronics in particular are much cheaper now but try and buy any quality goods now and they don't look too affordable to me. The wife was just comparing the stainless steel pots her mum bought when she got married more than 40 years ago which STILL look spotless now to the cheap rubbish we can afford to buy. You can still find good quality BUT ONLY if you look at the really high end stuff which will still last a lifetime - costs around a thousand for a set of pots. Not many average people can buy that these days. Same thing with fashion, clothes, shoes. I'd say the average person were better of if there were things only rich people could do in the 70's which now everyone can. A season ticket to the team I've supported since I was a kid is definitely less affordable. Taking a crappy budget airline with cramped seats to stay in a cheap hotel in Spain is not what rich people did in the 70's.
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