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  1. Selling off council houses with no replacement meant the loss of a buffer stock of rental accommodation. That coupled with poor regulation on the rental sector afterwards led to the inevitable creaming off of value by parasitic rentiers. Building new houses is a good thing but I'd be as keen to see a mechanism where lots of privately owned houses are brought back into the social rent sector. Get rid of housing benefit completely along with new legislation to stop eviction of tenants unless the house is sold or there are new tenants to replace the existing, plus punitive taxes on empty prope
  2. What's the best/easiest to use dataset for household income in a given area? EDIT: Ignore that, ASHE by local authority is close enough.
  3. Thank goodness indeed. The sooner people realise the better!
  4. Leaving debts to future generations is a myth and flying will get a technological solution but for the others, the sooner we accept that they're unacceptable the better!
  5. Bingo! Obvious this is a bit of a generalisation but single use plastics just need to be banned. They're a convenience but one we can, and have, live(d) without. There will be some issues to sort out, food spoiling for example, but I'm sure The Market will sort that out once the parameters are set. Seems a pretty classic example of not pricing externalities. If the market can't or won't do it, regulate for the public good. Stuff like this should be really simple. There was a similar thing, iirc, with a UK company that had designed coffee cups that didn't have the plastic liner th
  6. Tell you what, why don't you give up 8% of your income, it's only a p*ss in the ocean after all.
  7. Did you intend to show up the poverty of your argument in a chart? 8% of the total tax take is hardly a p*ss in the ocean, and that's the amount taken once a shed load has been avoided, aggressively or otherwise. Now taxes might not pay for spending but avoiding them allows for distortions in the market that have real negative consequences.
  8. I know this isn't directly apples to apples but I recently bought a Kia Soul eV for £16k nearly new. Less than 9k on the clock and five and a half years warranty remaining. At £1.25 per gallon that 50 miles is £5.68. A full charge of the Kia is £3.51 (13p per kWhr x 27 kW battery). I'm getting about 90 miles at the moment (with air con and not at all driving carefully) so 50/90 x 3.51 = £1.95. 34.3% of the fuel cost is quite a saving. Tax is £0 and, as established earlier in the thread, servicing and repairs should be less over the lifetime of the vehicle. Of course battery life is a pot
  9. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/10/london-toxic-air-pollution-killing-thousands-every-year/100304958/ Yeah, I'd say it really does cause some problems. Death is generally considered to be all bad.
  10. Diesel particulate filters barely work over short journeys and particulate matter doesn't need to be identifiable soot to be hugely detrimental to public health. It is more of an urban problem but most of the population is urban/suburban so that's neither here nor there. I'm with you on the rest of your post but the thing is, there's nothing stopping us sorting out both problems at the same time.
  11. I just like lighting a fire under the collective arses of sclerotic corporations. If they had a hard deadline to meet or lose money they'd stop sitting on cash piles, buying back stock and instead do some R&D. Renewable might be taking off now but if we had forced development earlier we'd be further along. I can certainly see eVs being part of the storage solution. My guess is that capacities and charging speed will increase sufficiently in the relatively short term that range anxiety just won't be a problem. With all that storage grid connected we'd be able to get rid of the need for p
  12. I'd recommend this podcast (https://www.reknr.com/latest/5-a-job-guarantee-jg-vs-a-universal-basic-income-ubi/) that goes into a little about your first paragraph, well in a roundabout way. There is a brief mention about how current policy around disability is actually more to remove "disabled" from working society as it they were too difficult to integrate into the workforce and by giving them a token payment society can abdicate their responsibility to all. There's a destructive trend in the hard centre (Blair/Brown and their follow ons, Cameron and the Liberal Tories, the Lib Dems etc.)
  13. I'm with you all the way. All of the above is already nice and I'm already happy that I don't need to go to petrol stations any longer, driving out of my way on my commute to fill up is a thing of the past. I just wish that we'd legislate better to accelerate the changes. Banning diesel engines by 2040 is utterly pointless, why not ban the sale of any new ICE vehicles in five years and force anyone who wants a piece of the UK market to be better. My lungs would be very happy at the prospect!
  14. It's legit, I'm not running a cable out of the window or anything! It's a green initiative along with cheaper parking. Hence why it won't last forever, once they're de rigueur they'll charge unless... Governments sadly don't understand what tax does/is for! Since taxes don't pay for services they should be happy to forgo taxation on things that don't need it. Now perhaps they'll want to modify the behaviour of drivers via taxation, which would be fine, but I'd hope we'd invest in infrastructure (plus R&D) to the point where we had abundant renewable energy. A better system/grid with som
  15. They're so much nicer to drive. I bought one recently after realising my 50 mile per day commute over b roads was likely to cost around £2k per year in fuel. Now I can charge for free at work (which admittedly won't last forever) which is quite a benefit! It's a Kia so I'm not looking at Tesla performance but up to 60mph it's a dream, instant torque and great acceleration even in the low power mode I use. That's a car with a range of 70-120 miles. Stick in a solid state battery and that range goes up massively and charge times drop, we're probably one major upgrade away from them being b
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