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  1. Check this out The listing says 'Early viewing is highly recommended due to the property being realistically priced.' Is this a tacit admission that much other property is not realistically priced? Is a lack of transactions finally forcing people's hands?
  2. I visited a client the other day who works in a shared office block in Brum. While waiting for the lift I observed the list of residents. 95% were technology based, particularly internet. All jobs that did not exist 25 years ago. Anyone who thinks technology results in a net cost in jobs is a twit. It results in a net drain in jobs for people who don't want to think much, because computers can be programmed to replace them. But overall, it's a plus with new opportunities arising every second.
  3. So why bother? If everyone is so renewed and trendy and beamed straight in from the planet Now, how about we not bother next time and not have a generation of young men utterly decimated? As long as we all get to consume the latest Lily Allen video, itz all good innit?
  4. There is a generational theory by Strauss and Howe that there are distinct 20 year phases they call 'turnings'. This is distinctly pop-sociology but it nails much of what has happened since it was written in 1997. There are four periods that run in series - highs, awakenings, unravelings and then crises. They predicted we would enter a crisis in about 2006. Crisis periods are where people lose faith in institutions en masse, and the young generation in particular rebel against them. Which begs the question, what do our institutions actually stand for? Forget what they claim, look at what they have done. They have screwed the young beyond belief. They have forced them to pay huge sums for a distinctly average and 'trendified' education which prepares them for approximately nothing, they expect them to pay ludicrous amounts for houses in rough areas next door to people who get them for free, and above all they have guaranteed mass youth-unemployment with unfettered immigration. The young suffer more than anyone from mass immigration - crime, jobs, you name it. The free money running out means there are less public sector mcjobs available which used to be one option for job-seekers, particularly as older generations will leave finger-nail marks in the doorframe before vacating these cosy sinecures so there is little 'churn'. On top of all this they will be expected to pay punitive taxes to keep the very generations that screwed them comfortable. So in short, the young will rebel against everything the social democratic rump which constitutes our political class has tried to foist on them in over the past 20 years. It could get very ugly for some, particularly lefties who presume only change which benefits them is 'acceptable' and regard the young as natural fodder for their idiocy.
  5. Middlesbrough. A friend works in social services up there. He points out that there have been a generation of kids, the ones who are the product of the trendy fragmentation of the family that got in to full swing in the 70s, who had kids themselves but were too feckless to look after them. So the grandparent/s bought those their kids up, after a fashion. However, who is going to look after the spawn of those kids? The parents are even more feckless, and it won't be the grandparents this time because they were too irresponsible to look after their own sodding offspring, never mind that of the children they were so incapable of bringing up properly! So places like Middlesbrough have become ASBO and TWOC central, an absolute feral baseball-capped ratboy infested hellhole. No one who had half a choice would dream of living there. Who in gods name is going to set up a private business in that environment? Even places like Yarm are getting rough on a night. This is the price we pay for two generations of liberal hand-wringing and the encouragement to do the absolute most stupid thing in the world - have a child you are unwilling and unable to care for properly.
  6. The 70s for me was all second-hand Christmas presents and cheap food. Funny you should say that, but I was quite into Elton John when I was 8. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an awesome album, forget all his later camp bilge.
  7. I was only 8 when they started but I had a whale of a time in the 80s. The 70s by comparison were miserable, but we can't remind ourselves of that can we lefties because the 'correct' party was in power at the time. 'What do they want, a thank-you note?' 'There's no money left'. Two references to notes. Who said which one, when? Therein lies the answer to how certain parties tend to leave the economy.
  8. If you were not a coal miner, the 80s were great. At their start barely any private homes had so much as a telephone, it was a period of massive economic expansion, technical advance and cultural vibrance (and no, I don't mean from f*cking immigrants). Again, heal thyself. Have a good think about what Labour did to the country in the 70s before invoking faux histrionics about Thatcher. As so often is true for the Conservatives, when they come into power it is like being the parents coming home to find the house being trashed by a teenage party. Boooo go the kids as they are forced to stop their fun and start cleaning up. Booooooooo.
  9. Just to calm any anxieties on the left, she won't have a State funeral - at her own request. Do you think Gordon Brown would turn one down??? The ongoing lefty histrionics over Thatcher serve one main function, to distract attention from what she inherited and prevent the eye of history from focusing further back on a ikkle period ending with 26% inflation and The Winter of discontent. Or did that start in America, too?
  10. A sad day, she was what the country needed and we need another like her now. I wonder - can the left now set a specific date beyond which they stop blaming her for everything - including the things that happened before and after her time in power? Shall we offer 2nd April 2080 as a provisional timeframe?
  11. Christ. I left Uni with £1500 in debt and it used to keep me up at night. That was 1993. I earned £10'000 in my first job and it still seemed to take an eternity to pay off. The current generation are completely screwed. Debt, Debt, Debt.
  12. The bigger the public sector, the bigger the opportunities for corruption. There should be a clause in their contracts that states they are subject to immediate summary dismissal and possible fines should they engage in activity like this. Won't happen in a million years though.
  13. The company is liable - the individuals running it should only be so if it can be proven in court that particular decisions they made lead to the incident. Some here seem to think that Limited Liability itself is some great evil that shows we live in an unjust society. It is not.
  14. Why is a business owner liable for the actions of a dim-witted employee? If a mate is running an errand for you and runs over a blameless child on the way - are you liable? Should you lose your savings, house, everything? Why not? What is the difference? Is it 'obvious'? If so, explain. Much positioning on these issues is emotionalism based on satisfying snapshot fantasies of evil capitalists in top hats, cackling atop piles of gold coins.
  15. Ah, an HPC perennial favourite, Limited Liability. In a couple of weeks anyone on this board can be the Director of their very own Limited Company. It is not exclusive to Toffs, evil Tories and golf club members. Go to a newsagent, pick up a lawpack DIY kit, and away you go. You are lucky to live in a country where - despite the best efforts of lefties - it is cheap and easy to start a Limited Liability company. Try it in Greece... So - detractors - go for it if you have the balls. Or are you scared that you can offer absolutely nothing a third party would voluntarily trade with you for? Worried that 'owning the means of production' might not be all it is cracked up to be? Terrified that when put in the balance, every scrap of your armchair wisdom would count for two things; f*ck and all? No, really - good luck.
  16. Very good. When I think of 'haves' and 'have nots', I mainly think of those who have the gall to live off the back of others, and those who don't. They exist at all levels of society, and pretend to despise each other.
  17. People increasingly seem to think that because there is abuse and rent seeking at the top (and always has been) then we can turn a blind eye to a much wider section of society taking the p*ss and having a go at extracting as much other-peoples-money out the system as possible. It's not true. We have lived though the most monumental credit bubble the world has ever seen. Much of this ended up in property, which suits many people very nicely. However, there is now a monumental effort to maintain the high prices, not driven by toffs pulling strings but because it is simply politically unpalatable for a government to admit that house prices are artificially high. Governments have three jobs: 1. Get elected 2. Get re-elected 3. Everything else 1 and 2 loom far, far larger in the mind of the modern politician than 3 will ever do. If house prices did go into free-fall, the government in power would be blamed by the populace and would almost certainly be voted out at the next election. Thus, we are all in this together and no-one comes out of it smelling of roses. Successive governments will sustain high house prices, even at the cost of the wider economy, because they want our votes.
  18. Housing benefit is not a 'subsidy'. It is money paid to people too feckless or useless to pay for their own shelter, as millions of others toil to do. How awful that the poor dears are now also expected to pay some council tax, my heart bleeds. Nice bit of Injin style obfuscation there. The nasty evil Tories and the nasty evil Duke of wherever do NOT entitle people to live off the backs of others. Decent people are expected to slave away to just scrape to afford a property which more often than not will be in the midst of people who do little else but hold out their palms for the latest 'subsidy', paid for with the taxes of those very same taxpayers. It's unsustainable, and thus will not be sustained. The only question is whether we deal with it now (already too late to be painless) or later when the reality we've been studiously avoiding smacks us in the face. We don't have the sort of social ties to deal with that effectively any more, and it will be very, very nasty.
  19. Three kids, and you still live at home with your partner? Get with the program RichM. Move out and father a few more with various women, don't worry about paying for them as it's all on the social innit.
  20. Because that is what their Labour handlers told them to call it. To anyone with an ounce of rationality, calling a reduction in a handout a 'tax' is ludicrous. I suppose if I spend a tenner in my wallet I have 'taxed' a mugger who then steals said wallet from me?
  21. It's just an index of massive Government and central bank intervention now. On the plus side, Silver is starting to look cheap...
  22. You cannot base an economy on so called "public" spending. Nor can you hold the "public" responsible for the debts incurred by doing so.
  23. The government need to start setting immigrant quotas on a country by country basis and make it clear that this is based on the past record of previous immigrants from those countries integrating effectively and not being a burden on the state. Our current 'diversity' is not very diverse. We need to take in a broader range of people, in lower numbers. Above all, we don't owe anyone a damn thing, irrespective of the shrill siren cries of lefties trying to destroy Western culture.
  24. Looks like there will be deadlock, with the government unable to do anything. Ideal.
  25. No, you may not say that. All socialists and left wingers in general are kind, lovely, considerate people who dedicate their lives to helping the poor, by getting fat little public sector sinecures and then telling the poor what to do. Report for reprogramming.
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