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  1. All this talk of economic policy (inevitable on here) ignores what the real dominating dynamic is in politics today - social progressivism vs nationalism & conservatism. The latter is currently winning the argument. Labour could put up the best manifesto ever in economic terms and still loose hard; it now has the image of a party that tolerates Islamists, makes excuses for terrorists, promotes a frankly bonkers agenda on gender, wouldn't raise a finger to stop mass child abuse by Pakistani gangs, actively pursues mass immigration of low skilled migrants from Asia and Africa who will vote for them, cares more about Palestine than Pontefract, and hates white English salt of the earth Brexit voting working class. Boris will be in power for a decade come what may unless he REALLY screws up & half the boomers will be dead in a decade. Interesting times & I have little idea what to expect economically in general or on house prices in particular.
  2. Visited SF 18 months ago. Was talking to a tech worker my age (40) in a bar. Turns out my hotel with parking in the Marina district was cheaper than renting a flat there! It had a real air of faded glory about it with a lot of homeless people downtown and a strange dystopian atmosphere on the streets - there were hardly any children or old people, just well dressed 25-55 year olds mainly very impressed with themselves.
  3. A small part of me clings to an affection for London because my mum's family come from there & she took me there a lot as a kid, but having lived & worked there recently my attitude is mainly ****** London. ****** all the millionaire crooks and their dodgy money, all the immigrants living on benefits, the Londonista media & preaching liberals. ****** whatever asshole decided running the deep tube lines without aircon at current capacity is acceptable, ****** the light jumping cyclists and their twit-cams, the metropolitan police and their nonsense, the hipsters, the luvvies, & the smug 50 somethings who bought a cheap house and smug it up. ****** Sadiq Khan, the Evening Standard & especially George Osborne, and most of all, ****** paying London rents or house prices for the "privilege" of living in ******ing London.
  4. Every 2 bob Tory / Kipper on Twitter fell hook line & sinker for Murdoch press headlines quoting the Tory housing minister & now think it's "a tax on gardens" Labour thinks it acceptable to return affordability over 25 years having blown it out of the water 15 years ago = 2 entire generations completely screwed over with decades of unaffordable housing. I think I might be done with this ******ing country.
  5. It also shows that the post-2011 intentional re-expansion of the bubble encouraging "hot money" in was merely a capital grab to prop up the system. I've been saying that for ages. In the UK the Tories criminalized squatting domestic property for this reason. Osborne was off whoring property to Hong Kong investors quite deliberately. What better way to protect your banks and your own wealthy than to find a "greater fool" from abroad and offload the risk?
  6. Just watching on catch up. I'm amazed nobody has given him a kicking to be honest!
  7. I've been saying wake me up when 3 months in a row go YOY negative, and I maintain that's when I'll bother to start watching the local market again. The Emporer has no clothes, but nobody who matters will actually say so until he's dancing through the streets waving his willy at the world. Asking price delusion and a tiny flow of sales persist for now.
  8. I live in a large village of about 2500 people, but I'd be perfectly happy to see it expanded sympathetically to house maybe 10% more people who actually use the amenities and are part of the community, rather than the smug rich boomer brigade living in the posh bit who treat it like a dormitory & would be amongst the loudest complainers if that happened. I only ever see them on their way in & out of the village in their 4x4s on the way to Waitrose. We have a village school, a secondary school which serves a large group of local villages, a doctors, a post office, a chemist, a small sandwich shop, a hairdresser, a pet shop, a small off license & general store, and 3 pubs. We got a small takeaway recently too which causes no hassle to anybody but the NIMBY minority did try to stop that. Many of the people who use these facilities live in the new estate built 10 years ago and the 2 large expansions that were made in the 60s and 80s. If those developments never happened we'd probably have no shop, no doctors, no school, no post office, no chemist, 1 pub and no bus service, which would turn it into yet another small rural collection of rich middle class twats with no sense of community and no place for young people or the elderly.
  9. There's a constant battle on every part of Mumsnet between reasonable people and nutters regardless of income.
  10. Quite so. But they aren't the whole problem. Politics has been out of balance since 1979. We haven't had a party in power with the slightest interest in reforming or constraining the establishment / elite. The miasma of failed VI trade unions on one hand & Blair on the other surrounds Labour like a fog, and they've added an obsequious permissive attitude to conservative Islam and a huge dose of identity politics on top. It's entirely possible now to utterly detest the 2 largest parties in British politics in equal measure, I know I do.
  11. Later in the speech, he predicts I expect the next ‘crisis’ to involve some form of over-valuation of assets, over-extension of credit and losses when this corrects. In other news, the sun rises in the East and sinks in the West, and the Starks say winter is coming.
  12. Has this thread triggered another one on Mumsnet about what vicious spiteful misogynistic bastards we are on HPC yet?
  13. The boomers who were unhealthy are already dying. My Mum went 3 years ago at 65 from a heart attack. My Dad has never smoked, never drinks to excess, has always exercised and never been obese, hopefully we will have him a lot longer. He has been doing some estate planning recently and read an article suggesting the average age of people doing so was late 70s - a serious refusal to face mortality! When it comes to "millenials joy", there will be a backlash. The disparity will simply ripple out by a generation as the boomers wealth is given to their kids in their 40s 50s and 60s and there is another evident generational wealth gap between them and generation Z. This time the false rhetoric employed by boomers defending how they "earned" their wealth will not be accepted. The interesting question is how Asia will influence this. Handing down wealth from generation to generation is seen as very natural in Asia, yet Asia is often better at taxing wealth at the point of spending rather than income at the point of earning.
  14. The desire to punch Blair in the face becomes very strong every time his smug mug appears on my screen.
  15. Average number of people per household = 2.4 UK Population = 66.5m Car PCP outstanding = £58bn (2016) =£2100 per household outstanding on PCP That's a lot of other unsecured debt.
  16. I wonder if part of the discrepancy has to do with geographical coverage of the lender. If you took data from a London based small building society to build an indices, it would have been YOY negative already? Could also be down to targeting different market sectors. I'd much rather see negative, but the market looks about ready to pop.
  17. There's going to be civil unrest if the "solution" is more printing money and doubling the wealth of the richest 1% again. Likewise if this "whoever you vote for means more low skilled immigration as we must grow GDP in absolute terms even if means making you poorer and fracturing your community" situation continues. You can see the first glimmers of it with the Gillets Jaune in France. I'm a cynic and I don't believe in coincidences. In this country over the past decade, we've seen squatting domestic property criminalized (housing shortage, exploitation level rent, foreign "empty flat" cash dumping was expected, not a surprise that cropped up - imagine the effect on the Hong Kong property fair stuff Osborne was whoring if a few thousand empty flats were squatted by deadlocked charity shop attired commies?) and an incremental crackdown on both legitimate & violent dissent, from jailing people who stole bottles of fanta in the 2011 riots to jailing anti-fracking protesters and flagrant misuse of the law to charge asylum deportation protesters with an offense carrying a life term recently. It's going to kick off if there's a serious recession in the West, the "toolkit" to mitigate it is looking pretty bare. You'll know when the shit really hits the fan when the first European country has to declare some form of martial law or use the armed forces to maintain order. That may sound ridiculous, it just "doesn't happen in civilised countries" but beneath the veneer of control, we are only ever 5% of the population deciding to really kick off away from it happening.
  18. I put a spreadsheet together a while ago for working out price per square foot. I was doing it in a couple of ways, one based upon living space only, the other based on footprint. Most of the nicer older houses have a lower ratio of living space to total area as well as having larger rooms. New houses are just awful.
  19. It's being deliberately ignored, especially by Labour, because Boomers vote.
  20. Massive project in banking that has been going on for the past 5 years or more (I started working on it in 2013, did some more 2015-2017) to seperate the balance sheets of major UK banks between Retail activities & Investment and Corporate activities. In theory, if any of the banks become insolvent again, only the Retail side will be bailed out by the Goverbankment. Theoretically, the risk exposure of the country to our own banks is now relatively simple to understand. I have always felt a certain amount of "keepy uppy" was quietly inevitable until this was complete.
  21. Well, they managed it... U.K. Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (Commencement No. 12) brings into force, from January 1, 2019, those provisions of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 on ring-fencing that are not already in force, including the prohibition on ringfenced bodies to carry on excluded activities and provisions on group restructuring. Still up 0.5% YOY and the ringfence activity is done and dusted. I always said Jan 1st 2019 was the date they were aiming at and after that it may be 'allowed' to go... looks like they managed it. Income tax deadline for BTLers hits 31st Jan. Brexit may add noise either side of March, but we should be looking at YOY negative next month? I suspect that it's finally coming.
  22. About 10 minutes ago - was listening in the car, not sure of exact wording but Chiles basically issued a gentle slap down of a journo moaning about her flat not selling in West London, and then said something along the lines of some kind of big reset or crash looking inevitable and good for a load of people, with said journo then agreeing she would have to buy once she sold, so yeah maybe. Beeb on the case with message management, or is that too cynical?
  23. I doubt it. I can't stand her because she is a hypocrite & plays the race card, just like that cockwomble David Lammy, who I also detest. They are both thick and survive by appeals to emotion that crumple under logical scrutiny as well, which doesn't help. I see both of them as candidates who may well not be in their current positions WITHOUT racism favouring achieving a certain quota. I don't detest other non-white politicians who don't behave like them in the slightest.
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