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  1. If the place is a dump, smoke and CO detectors are something else you can advise the local authorities about when you leave. The regs are quite onerous and I seem to remember the fine is up to £5k. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords edit: amazingly, the requirement for a CO detector is only advisory for gas appliances, but mandatory for solid fuel. So it's ok to get gassed to death by a faulty gas appliance.
  2. My impression is that farms work for many as the base for farmers' lifestyle. The farm was paid for a hundred years ago, so there's just running costs and council tax to pay. Letting land out pays ~ £100 / acre, so a small farm of around 150 acres might bring in £15k / year. Then there is residential rentals in houses on the farm. Then CAP payments, and any other grants such as Natural England environmental schemes. Then anyone with a bit of get up and go is going to find some form of diversification, could be anything from doing a few shifts a week in the local warehouse to having wind turbines built on the farm. Then they could do some actual farming! Anecdotally, pre supermarket revolution, household spending of the average worker was roughly a third on rent, a third on food, with the remaining third for other expenditure / saving. Compare with today, where I would guess average food spending to be more like a tenth of income. So proportionally there was a lot more money to go around food production industries. In my part of the world (Northants), there has been a definite shift away from livestock to arable. The markets for farm produce are volatile and difficult to make long term predictions about. My guess is that this is driven more by the labour involved - some machinery maintenance and a few weeks planting and harvesting as opposed to the daily all hours drudgery of livestock.
  3. What about the people in 30's / early 40's who don't have children because they have been in government caused precarious housing and employment situations for the last 15 + years ? I guess they get an inheritance if they are lucky, but it's entirely missing the point that houses have become a drain on society and successive governments could and should have corrected it, but continually choose not to. Gavin Barwell rapidly becoming new hate figure.
  4. I heard this second hand, so entirely anecdotal; on the night of the referendum result, a middle aged man came into our village pub later on in the evening and started having a go at people he overheard talking favourably about the brexit result. After a while, he was removed. At closing time, there was a police car in the high street and police manhandling the angry middle aged man and a local couple in their underwear. Apparently, the angry man had singled out the couple's house because they had an England flag in the window, got them out of bed and started a fight with the husband on their doorstep, which his wife joined in with on the street No idea who the angry remainer is.
  5. There was a small migrant encampment on a green lane that runs through the middle of the international rail freight terminal and warehouse hub out my way. Anecdotally, the warehouses prefer to use EE agency workers and drivers, so the camp must have been convenient for work They were moved on after a few months.
  6. https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/03/24/eu-referendum-provincial-england-versus-london-and/ is worth a read. From my blinkered midlands centric view of the UK, I cannot understand why Scotland, Wales and N.I. are quite strongly in favour of EU membership ?
  7. Out. Still haven't heard anyone in real life say that they will vote remain.
  8. The small sample of farmers I have asked for opinions on brexit were suprisingly on the fence about it. Generally they want to buy more land (landowners can often borrow very cheaply) and are only keen to sell for big payouts like residential development. Many are quite old, very conservative and inherently anti eu. They often want to pass the farm onto the next generation instead of selling up at retirement.
  9. Parish (boomer nimbys) and Borough Councils (freemason types) should be removed from the planning process. They have too much local involvement and make decisions within a narrow scope of interests, not that of the wider community. They drag out the process to a ridiculous extent and have spawned new industries by generating expensive and pointless surveys just to be obstructive. There is currently so much money at stake in all but the smallest building applications, appeals will always be taken to the next level, where national policy should be applied.
  10. Nimbys need to grasp the fact that the planning inspectorate will go with current government policy, not the concerns of the lucky few about their property 'values'. Hysterical blanket opposition instead of grown-up negotiation with developers who are going to win is self defeating. They should be concentrating on screwing every possible concession out of the developers in return for cooperation in the planning process. Maybe the dogs on the march would like the developers to provide green communal areas with lots of trees that their owners will actually take them walking on instead of agricultural land with its inconvenient tractor ruts and scary livestock. Or maybe the developers would be more inclined toward lower density better quality housing if they didn't have to spend such a large chunk of their profits on planning and all the other costs that come with it.
  11. The building conservation experts and contractors will no doubt be preparing new forms of tortuous logic to justify screwing as much money as possible out of the public purse for this motherlode of all jobs. Building conservation = making decent repair of historic buildings very expensive. Time Team shows us how
  12. Voted Conservative in 2010, as I have done since becoming eligible to vote in1997. I held the mistaken belief that Dave would be a strong leader who would do the right thing and crash the economic mess Labour created and force a reset for the long term good of the country. Having been betrayed by the tories, I shall not be voting for them again. I despise Labour for what they did to the country under Blair and Brown. Don't trust UKIP at all, and unable to regard Lib Dems and Greens as anything more than a joke option. Options, in order of likelihood, are: 1. Spoil Ballot 2. Vote UKIP in the hope they will shake up the establishment. Suspect this would prove to be a mistake. 3. Vote Labour, maybe something better can be salvaged from the wreckage they will leave behind. (The possibility of Ed Balls being dying horribly in the ensuing coup / revolution could move this option to the top )
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