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  1. Yes indeed. Still on the iPlayer IIRC (iPlayer keeps QT episodes for a full year).
  2. If you want cuts, do it the other way around. Then we'll see why it's needed.
  3. Haha, good find. Also, " I am banning you from further use of this website, forever." should be read in the same tone of voice as a medieval king crying "off with her head"!
  4. One can only imagine Yasmin's reaction now that Labour have elected the only white male candidate who was standing in the leadership election! LOL! Reminds me of the fantastic question that Andrew Neil asked Lisa Nandy in her long interview with him during the campaign. "The labour party has never had a female leader, and now it's got a choice of 4 women and 1 man! How sexist will your party be, if it chooses the one man?"
  5. Hmm, well I don't accept that particular framing of how we should measure the success of s24 as the sole measure. Define "dire"? If you mean "less profits for landlords", that's not dire. There's certainly no shortage of housing, and rents are going down, so those are two very positive indicators so far. The success of s24 could be measured in many different ways. But, remember that it was to close a loophole which should never have existed, so I reject any idea that if it's not "successful" it would ever be changed. How many extra homes are sold to OO which previously would have been rented out? is there an improvement in the number of private landlords (ie downwards)? is there an improvement in debt levels amongst landlords (ie less debt),? Is there an improvement in the number of houses each landlord owns (ie downwards), and those properties are now occupied and lived in by their owners? Is there an improvement in tax receipts for the government (ie upwards)? etc
  6. You may be thinking of the lovely Vanessa Warwick of www.propertytribes.com, who didn't "think", she definitely WAS, a TV presenter, on MTV! Then: Now: In her new life as a property expert, she now runs PropertyTribes with her husband. She lamented the landlords loss of their FREE HANDOUT MONEY (the "Wear and Tear allowance"), when it was changed from being just handed out for free, to a fair system where landlords actually have to PROVE they have paid out to repair things with receipts. She said it was a pity they had all lost their "little Billy Bonus from the government for being a landlord" thus apparently imply they had all been just illegally trousering the money all along. How anyone can continue to say that the "Wear and Tear allowance" has been abolished, (which is a lie, you can still get the money for genuine replacements you just need proof now - how inconvenient ) is beyond me. [edit: I couldn't find the "billy bonus" clip but it's out there]
  7. This is wrong. The maths which show why they are all screwed has been done to death on here for almost a full 5 years now. Please do a search.
  8. These are excellent graphs, I'm almost embarrassed to quibble, but but I'm having severe trouble reading them ;. If possible, please could you double (or maybe triple!) the font size used on the X and Y axis, and also in the legends? It's way too small. It needn't make the graphics physically bigger, just the font sizes used within the same area. Also they look like jpegs, if they were pngs the quality would be a lot higher. Thanks ps (I am already viewing the full size graphics which you get when you click on the previews in the post) pps the jpeg problem could be the forum's fault, I've seen it before
  9. Yes, and of course with Section 24 in play, it's very pertinent. How interesting.
  10. Unfortunately, you have to pick one out of your "saving lives" vs "saving the economy" selection. The ukgov wasted two precious weeks trying to do both, and now hundreds if not thousands more will die as a consequence of their criminal inaction. You need to realise that we're going to have to "dismantle a total economy and generations future prospects" (but I wouldn't put it like that).
  11. Well, leaving aside the fact that you should not be leaving the house, it is you who should be ripping their financial hands/arms/torsos off
  12. Good for you! Great to read this.
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