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  1. With you 100%. Governments (sometimes inadvertantly) create opportunities that can be used by those willing to take the risk and put the effort required in to better themselves. The only thing I'm really peeved about is the layabouts who get handouts from our taxes for doing nothing but ultimately I guess they're just doing the same as us and exploiting the opportunities the Government presents them with?! Whoever wins, there will probably be a bit of "tweaking" but I don't expect anything to change significantly.
  2. I respectfully disagree. I've just had my P60 for the last tax year and I've had the "pleasure" of paying almost £20,000 in Tax and NI directly out of my salary to HM Government with no say in where it goes. Whilst I accept that those less fortunate do need to be assisted to some degree by those who have studied and worked hard to make the best of their life, I find the fact that my above contribution is likely to be squandered on things that help neither society nor me nauseating. Find me a party in favour of a system where those who choose to use a service, pay for it more directly and t
  3. Had to double-check the date on that article to make sure it wasn't 1 April and scarily it isn't! I'm all for growth and success but does anyone else find their target that they mentioned a while back of "moving from £1 in every £8 spent in this country being spent with them to £1 out of every £5 spent in this country to be spent with them" worrying? Even more worrying is the fact that nothing is being done to check/stop them to make sure they don't abuse their position - are the powers that be going to wait until the horse is long gone and then say "there's nothing we can do now but we'll be
  4. Sorry - couldn't resist the opportunity to flag this up - listed with 8 agents now and either too stupid/greedy/indebted to lower the price?! http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/find.html?locationIdentifier=POSTCODE%5E296224&insId=2&sortByPriceDescending=false&minBedrooms=3&primaryDisplayPropertyType=houses&radius=0.25
  5. House-Hunting...

  6. Hi All, Thanks for your replies so far. Having spent more time in Hemel and Kempston this weekend: i) Hemel is now off the list as it just doesn't tick ALL the boxes we want it to tick! ii) Kempston is still the front-runner with me! iii) The Mrs now wants to spend more time looking around Chells Manor, Stevenage as she'll be closer to her old life in North London there! iv) I feel an "Anyone familiar with Chells Manor, Stevenage" thread coming on! v) Are there any websites where you can find local's opinions on areas? I cant seem to find any... Cheers, Steve
  7. Hi All, No doubt like many others out there, the Mrs and I, currently in North London, are looking for a nice, quiet, family-friendly, affordable place to settle down and grow old. I work from home so luckily we're flexible on location. The Mrs prefers Jarman Park, Hemel - for example, this: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-22472515.html?premiumA=true and I prefer Kempston - for example, this: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-29004680.html which is only another half hour or so up the M1 but is noticeably cheaper. We're spending quite a bit o
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