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  1. Actual story: Box on pavement replaced by slightly larger one. At least she got paid for her photo.
  2. Come on, think it through... Why do they get away with building crap at the moment ?
  3. So the building company sold a detached house on a plot that had permission for 2 semis, and then they thought this was the solution. It sounds like the council isn't having it. Is this situation actually bad for Mr Aryal ? Seems like he's stumbled into having spare land with permission to build.
  4. As long as they replace it with an annual property tax (as a proxy for Land tax which would be better)
  5. Unbelievable. Pennsylvania are going to bed at 2200hrs, the Dems will let us know the result in the morning, sometime. Betfair: Trump 1.88 The crowd were on the pitch, but...
  6. I don't think so. Betfair had been Trump 3.0 all week until 4hrs ago. That worried me. As an ex Sports-Arber it's hard for me to think BF is wrong, but politics is different to sports. Now Trump is 1.33
  7. It's done. Congrats to the Trump bettors. I bet Unity2020 and layed Biden. So small win for me.
  8. just hit Trump 1.72 now 1.83 Trump landslide coming in .....
  9. I wonder what they think a NIMBY is? This as a very biased piece by the BBC but against the NIMBYs for once. Is the tide turning ?
  10. My sales have dropped to near zero. I make a home entertainment product that usually sells to reasonably well off people. At start of covid I was expecting orders to increase. But none of my friends have been adversely affected, and most are better off. 2 are on 100% pay with nothing to do (1 government, 1 private). Everyone else I know is working from home or mostly from home (mostly govt workers). And then there are the Self-Employed with their £14k bonuses (SEISS). A friend who manages NHS staff told me her staff were moaning about losing their holiday days (because sitting at home on 100% pay didn't give them a chance to use them). Ooops, that doesn't fit the narrative, where are my pots and pans.
  11. That article is just a garbled mess of a re-write of the BBC article. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-49500942 Interesting point that was omitted is that she fostered her two grandkids. Far from altruistic when you see how much foster parents are paid. Looks like this grandmother is now into round two of extracting the maximum from the state as a professional child producer. If her unmentioned previous child/children is/are not capable of looking after their own kids, why does the council think she is a suitable foster parent for these poor grandchildren?
  12. UK property taxes are so low because that's how the rich like it to be. The working plebs are stitched up by not being offered an alternative to vote for. And Land Tax is the answer to most of our economic problems.
  13. Apart from the problems with GDP definition/measurement, it's also very telling that politicians talk about GDP, whereas GDP per capita is what most people should care about.
  14. I had excellent Fish & Chips, and beer, at Wetherspoons Bodmin this summer. Nice building as well.
  15. Is eviction notices the best way to go about selling up? Does this mean he thinks he is going to sell them to homebuyers, having failed to find anyone who wants them for rental?
  16. No need for govt to micro manage the builders, an environment of Land Tax plus keep making land available for building will get the result you want.
  17. If your driving is as good as you think it is, then the super driving AI that I want installed in your car won't ever take any action. You've got a point about edge cases, but that can be coped with, the important thing would be to take action against all the clear cases of unsafe behaviours. I see the purpose of the road system as providing safe transport from A to B, not to provide you with pleasure. So any conflict between those, you'll have to find a new source of entertainment.
  18. Ouch, looks like she is losing all her BTL profits. Although it does seem to be due to her over-arching refusal to engage with the law, rather than because she rented beds in sheds particularly.
  19. I don't see any particular need for govt owned and allocated housing as I believe the market would work OK if there wasn't a restriction on the supply of building plots. I'd be happy with state involvement at the top level planning, eg decide where to build a new town, compulsory purchase the land, put in the major roads, designate the commercial areas, sell building lots ranging from single house plots to larger areas for eg 100 houses, sell Shopping Mall plots of various sizes. This should be a big earner for the state at least until building plot prices return to a sensible level, which they will do as long as they continue to be made available.
  20. Where can I bet on the UK House price Indices ? Anyone having a punt? What are the odds saying at the moment?
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