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Bugger BTL

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  1. I suspect you'll do better in a city than a town. Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool all have a thriving nightlife.
  2. There are a lot of places where prices are lower now than they were in 2007. Near enough anywhere in NI, for a start. I have friends who bought in I think December 2006 there and the value is still lower than what they paid. Sensibly they did have a repayment mortgage, so they're not in NE, but the picture across the UK is very uneven. It's very possible to have bought in 2007 and for the house to be worth less now than what you paid for it. Of course, many of the people in that position still aren't in NE because they're not interest only.
  3. They do have disproportionate political clout, as Israel has a pretty strict PR system so their votes are often needed. I don't think they're necessarily one of the major obstacles to a settlement though, or not more than most other groups in Israel and Palestine. Some of them aren't even supportive of the existence of the state of Israel itself. And they mostly don't serve in the IDF either. You're thinking of the lunatic wing of the Religious Zionists, who are a different group of Israeli extremists. And also pretty religious, but not to be confused with Haredim! Much of the of the ideological settler movement, as opposed to Israelis who live in the West Bank purely because they want a cheap house, is drawn from extreme Religious Zionist ranks. I actually kind of love Israeli electoral politics. They have an election on now and there are about a million parties. The left and the right are taking it in turns to see who can turn in on each other most impressively. It's quite something to observe.
  4. Do bear in mind also that Israel is lumbered subsidising a Haredi population who not uncommonly have a dozen kids per family and where the males are supposed to be studying Torah rather than in employment, and who are a growing percentage of the population. They're an expensive luxury.
  5. It has to be counter-productive, because more posters will install ad blockers. I don't mind the occasional pop up myself, understand that sites may need or want to make some money. There's a line though, and the moving ads cross it.
  6. He's just slightly too old to be a boomer, but the bit about the golf is blatantly true, let's be honest. I don't think they're stupid though. I think they've been very clever, actually. There's no way he didn't know what he was doing, and he knows now. My worry is that they're going to get away with it.
  7. Not just working from home but also studying. I bet students now are more likely to access journals etc remotely where possible instead of going into a library. That has to make a difference, since there are hundreds of thousands of students in London. Obviously all that was well established by 2008, but it's become more common since then.
  8. Most definitely. I think this may actually have been more of a motivation to purchase in the past few years than some might think, especially in relatively cheaper areas. If you have managed to cobble together 30k in savings but you fall on hard times, you will be expected to spend most of this before being entitled to state support. If you use that money to pay towards a house, that's fine and dandy- and SMI after a while too. In some scenarios, even if you factor in that the house will almost certainly be overpriced relative to local wages because they all are, it's going to be a persuasive factor. I am not sure we will see improvement until and unless this is tackled.
  9. My own offspring have a great deal more than I or their father did. That said, they're still young yet and we were both from poor families. But actually, I think younger children in particular do have a lot of toys now, possibly more than the average in the 80s and 90s in fact, simply because they're now so ubiquitous and cheap. You can get quite a lot of toy tat for a couple of pounds now. I seem to remember things being more expensive in my youth- also 80s and 90s.
  10. Bingo, I think. I'm a millennial with kids and I'd never have shopped there because it's just so expensive. The selection isn't all that amazing considering how much space they have and it's invariably cheaper online. They can't really come out and say we're going bust because we're shit value though, I suppose.
  11. The people I know in Stockport just tend to work in the wider Manchester economy. Sometimes in Stockport itself, sometimes not. Think of it as more of a South Manchester bubble ramping/overspill type thing, rather than its own individual bubble. It's not long on the train into the city centre, and the schools are seen as being a bit better than the City of Manchester which even in Chorlton and Didsbury can still be a bit tasty. The roads in Stockport are basically a bloody nightmare pretty much everywhere though. If I lived there I'd definitely not be using a car to do any length of commute.
  12. Why weren't you serious? Personally I think it's totally plausible. As you say yourself, lengths and plate spinning.
  13. None of that surprises me at all. I have heard such stories before: ill qualified family who have effectively been forced, usually the women, domestic poor, or sometimes imported poor in places like the oil rich Arab states. And think about it, how many people in Cambodia get to the stage the senile old granny was at, and how many adult descendants do they have on average compared to Brits at the same stage? It's completely different.
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