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hairymactwoshoes

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  1. I'm all in favour of this investment. Travelling is something practically everyone does every day, often for hours, and anything that can be done to lessen that so more time at home with families or less time getting to work or for leisure is fine with me. This isn't even a lot of money - it's £15bn over a huge number of years and no doubt much will have to be private. It's like Crossrail in London - £15 billion total cost but only £5 billion is from central government and that's over about 10 years - £500m a year is hardly a lot for something so transformative. The UK increased its foreign aid budget by about 5 times that amount last year alone. It spends more on the Afghan war each year. There's many other wastes of money in the UK's £700bn budget, which even a small % increase of which going to transport could do wonders whilst cutting so much of the fluff that does little for your average Briton. The UK spends so little on infrastructure compared to many developed nations, and its something that has the ability to improve the lives of just about everyone. It should be a far bigger priority in gov spending.
  2. Doesn't matter who is driving the cars, cities with dense populations will clog up in no time if even a decent % of people use a car. Even those with 3+ lanes on every streets don't function. See LA, Moscow, many Chinese cities etc.
  3. That should have said 'why go there?'. Compared to savers, superdrug, supermarkets etc I mean.
  4. Yep boots are an example of all that was/is wrong with modern business. In some way's I'm surprised they survive. So much more expensive than other pharmacies and similar retailers. Why do there? Are they making a load off NHS services or something?
  5. Though some may think this is an exaggeration this matches the majority of people in London I'm familiar with when living and working there (in a field related to benefits) - friends, colleagues, neighbours etc. Not the disabled bit though, If you didn't have children or even just the one you were at a massive disadvantage unless bought a house pre 2000 ish. I don't blame people for coming with so much on offer. Plus they were wiring excess money home and some were sticking it in local savings accounts which got much higher interest, but were not open to foreigners. Within 5 years they often have enough to buy a very nice place back home.
  6. Aren't there target areas suburban shopping areas so they get a mix of on foot shoppers plus drivers? On the subject of the aldi/lidl model, and with sainsburys teaming up with netto, what did asda do when it bought 100 ish netto stores a couple of years back? Just make them smaller asda's?
  7. People are very very conservative. Changing even basic things, or maybe because they are basic, seems to worry many people. Aldi is still only on 4.8% - a low amount. I wonder if they have an internal target for 5 years - would 10% be possible? I started to dislike tesco 10 years back when I noticed all the price trickery. Plus often only stocking the most expensive product in metro and express stores - eg 'organic' 'extra special' flour at 10 times the price. And the Finest range was terrible.
  8. Blah blah London gets everything etc etc. Not really - it spends about as much as most world cities do. The question is why the UK spends so little on infrastructure elsewhere. It's because of Whitehall centralised control and no autonomy for regions to do what is needed. Imagine if each region could build its own housing, transport etc as it used to before centralised control took hold, or as happens in most parts of the developed world. Instead it must go begging to Westminster who do little, except if there's a threat of independence then they get funds eg Scotland and Wales.
  9. Of course there are many non degree roles that pay 20k, but living where I do many people don't/can't get those jobs easily at all, or if they do for barely above minimum wage eg 14k, and find it much easier to get temp admin work. It's by far the easiest way to get an income, but the agencies wont consider many unless they have a degree.
  10. Quite a few people I know have twigged it and do as you say. Live together but not married so getting bigger tax credits and other perks. Not sure how much more they get though as even a couple only have to work 24 hours combined to get tax credits? They aren't buying and renting out a home though, but I can easily see how many would do that and be quids in. It's a perverse system indeed when being honest leaves you so far down the pecking order.
  11. Quite. Even to get a half decent 20k job in most cities you will have to show a degree. My advice would be go to uni, have the best 3 years of your life then leave the UK. The powers that be want to screw over the young these days so why not screw them back.
  12. I guess the UK has cleared it's deficit then Mr Cameron? If it barely goes down with 3% growth how will they pay for this?
  13. Also make it contributory for all before eligible to claim. This should apply to Britons too, as should the 2 child cap as there's plenty with more than 2 children working the bare minimum hours to claim tax credits.
  14. Change it so that tax credits are reduced, particularly for those with more than 2 children. And stop hammering the unemployed while doing nothing with people with children working 16 hours on tax credits who claim far more of the welfare budget and distort wages, housing, and the welfare system.
  15. Well migrants have far higher birthrates on the whole and it's when children are involved that the figures rocket. The ONS birthrate statistics show for every woman this many children - Nigeria - 3.32 Ghana - 3.24 Pakistan- 3.82 Bangladesh - 3.25 Romania - 2.93 (highest from EU countries) Somalia - 4.19 Afghanistan - 4.25 Iraq - 3.91 Sri Lanka - 2.62 India - 2.35 Poland - 2.13 That's a lot of tax credits.
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