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A17

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  1. True, although most sensible people would not have gone near a cladded flat by then.
  2. About 10 years ago I had to go to Beckton. I got off the DLR at Royal Albert and crossed the park. The brand new Newham Council offices were all brightly lit (on a Saturday night - nobody in there), whilst the park had rubbish strewed everywhere, every bench vandalised and every other street lamp with a broken bulb. The closest thing I could describe it to was a third world kleptocracy where the normal people are forced pay for the elite to live in a palace, with nothing in return. Is it any better now? No matter how shiny the new apartments look, I couldn't face living in a place like that. It would just wear me down.
  3. Yep, I remember the Jubilee line extension opening. Hard to think that was 22 years ago now. It's been about 5 years since I was there come to think of it, but I grew up in the Essex/East London boundaries and still have lots of family there and East London proper. People gentrification and its opposite, shittification tend to happen in waves. East Ham was a luxury upgrade to Shoreditch and Wapping 100 years ago, and 50 years ago people moved from East Ham to Essex. Now East Ham is the shithole, and parts of the real inner city have gentrified.
  4. I wouldn't even say that the infrastructure is significantly better. The Overground trains are better than the old North London Line carriages, and I think reliability has improved and the whole system has been brought into the Oyster system. But there has been no new stations or lines built (apart from a few infill DLR ones, and they were 10 years ago). I think the problem with gentrification in East London is that prices have risen before the areas improved, so people have had to speculate on crapholes. The risk is you speculate and end up moving into an area that doesn't improve.
  5. Indeed. How many times did you hear politicians use the half truth "We'd love to do something about it, but our hands are tied by Brussels"?
  6. I'm confused. Is this development next to Barking Station? That way you can easily take the C2C to Fenchurch Street (15 minutes) without having to deal with the Overground. It's been a few years since I was there, but Barking was more than "a bit crap". I believe that people are unaware of the horrors that can exist within "15 minutes from Fenchurch Street/Liverpool Street/London Bridge".
  7. Is anybody going to claim that Trump still has lots of options available to him, and that this is all part of his grand plan? Hold tight and wait and see?
  8. I think there would have been enough overall support for a soft-ish Brexit to be acceptable to both a majority of Parliament (pre 2019) and the population. Presumably Remain supporters and politicians would prefer something Norway-ish to the current situation, and there were a significant number of Leave supporters who would have been happy with this as a compromise victory. Instead, the Remain team wasted time on Trump like spurious ego-boosting legal challenges (Gina Miller) that ended up delaying things slightly, but were never going to "Stop Brexit", and made them look like sore losers.
  9. The strange thing is, if the Remain side had put their heads together after the referendum the UK could have ended up with a soft Brexit - something like Norway or Switzerland, essentially overturning the referendum. Instead, all the fighting over advisory referendums, spurious legal cases and so-called people's votes drove a wedge between them all.
  10. I remember back in 2010 Brown had the right and obligation to remain as Prime Minister until a new government was formed. However, it was his arrogance in the few days between the election and the coalition being announced that was disgusting. Going on about reaching out, and his sudden enthusiasm for electoral reform. The US electoral college system is actually a compromise in itself. Some people wanted the president selected by congress, and some people wanted the president selected by a popular vote (well, a late 18th century sense of a popular vote). So they came up with the compromise of a popular vote to select electors, with the electors voting for president. However, it is still set to 18th century timelines, hence the large times between voting, certifying and the new president taking office. It makes more sense if you imagine it being carried out by 18th century farmers and tradesmen in taverns. As for the advisory referendum, can you imagine the pushback if Cameron had said "we are going to ignore the result as we don't like it"?
  11. Forgive my ignorance, but does Switzerland have the huge lifestyle disparity like the UK? It has lots of high income jobs as described, but not everybody can work in them.
  12. There isn't a working class in the UK now, certainly not to to the extent of having a 30% voting block on which to build on to win an election. There aren't the huge numbers of coal miners, factory workers, dockers and railwaymen who can be relied on to turn out and vote Labour. There are still loud voices (the unions), but there just aren't the demographics. The Labour party's core vote now is now 2 or 3 very different groups, who somehow have to be reconciled. And from these groups, they have to develop policies to gain more votes amongst the rest of the population, without disrupting the core vote. The core votes are: Public sector workers Ethnic minorities Socialist-ish young people Trying to square that circle, and from that build to gain more votes amongst the wider population is a challenge.
  13. Some sort of stability with no major ****** ups? Baby steps.
  14. Sounds awfully close to being a BTL landlord. In my experience, the best AirBNBs are the ones where they are very much hands off, as a dedicated, neutrally finished rental place. Nobody likes to see family photos, multiple locked cupboards, or a list of rules as long as your arm.
  15. Yep. Like my recommendations for people considering running a B&B, I suggest to people who want to keep hobby livestock that they walk around outside in the mud from 5am to 6am every morning, whatever the weather and time of year, in order to prepare somewhat.
  16. Yep. Clean the entire house properly each day.
  17. My advice to anybody who is looking to buy and run one of these home-based bed-and-breakfasts: For a year beforehand in your regular home, get up in the morning and cook X numbers of breakfasts perfectly. If it isn't perfect, throw it in the bin. Similarly, change your bed sheets X number of times every day to reflect the proposed occupancy. Invite strangers into your house. If you want an easier start, invite friends and relatives to stay all year round. Get used to paperwork by completing every junkmail application through your door (no need to send it off, just to get in practice of dealing with whatever turns up each day)
  18. It's all about the bragging rights to a "four bedder", even though a three bedroomed older house would probably be larger and far more suitable. There is no point in having four small bedrooms if one of them will have to be used for storage.
  19. Harsh, but it did make me chuckle That just makes me depressed. Cramming 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms into 1340ft2. No hallway for shoes or coats. Cloakroom toilet off the kitchen (lovely). No storage - either for everyday things like the vacuum cleaner, nor an attic for annual things like suitcases and the Christmas decorations, meaning that one bedroom will have to be storage essentially. The old developer trick of not having wardrobes in the show bedrooms to make them look more spacious. The aspirational 5 year old Range Rover Evoque on the tiny drive, showing off the lack of parking on or off street for the two/three vehicle households these days. Frankly, if you are desperate for a four bedroom house in happening Eccles (with its "Gin Bars and Craft Ale Houses" as said by the developer - couldn't that just mean a Wetherspoons?) I'd rather have this https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/82186783#/. Been on the market since August, so you could probably knock some money off it.
  20. Yes. The distinction is often blurred, as the stereotypical homeless person is a rough sleeper. And homelessness itself is blurred. Homelessness covers sofa surfers, people in council funded B&B accommodation and people in shelters, all of whom have a roof over their heads.
  21. Essentially paying £17.5k over, for what they thought they were getting originally. I'd feel sick.
  22. Populism offered easy solutions to complex problems that people faced. The other normal parties' candidates should have offered their own solutions to these problems. They did not. In many cases, they did not even acknowledge that there WERE any problems!
  23. But but but the supreme court!
  24. Agreed. People who believe videos or photos like these, with a hysterical headline, that are either out of context or a completely random and separate event are as thick as pig shite. We were taught it aged 11 in history class. Who is showing you the source? What do they want you to believe or do? What are the consequences for them? Does that make it reliable?
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