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  1. But good reason why the state should NOT be involved in broadcasting. This thread has just made me realise that I hardly watch C4 and that I used to and quite a bit more than the others. The only thing I look out for now is the aluminium man in between shows and they've even cut off showing him before he kicks the ball through the house window or leans against the lamp post and disintegrates. As you say, sell now, sell everything.
  2. The UK car industry, BL at least, spent its profits for many years on divis and way too little on product development. The share price dropped to near zero. It was then nationalised as a result, I thought. I'd call that Capitalism 0 Socialism 0. I'm not refuting the proposition, just saying. If he couldn't get that right there's not much hope for the rest of his lecture. I didn't watch it.
  3. Has Roger ever got anything right? I'm sure I recall derision of his prophecies on the site in the past.
  4. In the 2000s had a dented door and was given a car while under repair. It was a Corsa and I just got in it and went to drive off, thinking this is very clean and tidy considering how old it must be. When I got out back home I then saw it was a brand new plate! It had looked like a time warp in there. It was fair enough as a means of transport but I can't believe anyone bought that new with their own money as a private owner. Recent reliability stats weren't too good when I looked a couple of years ago.
  5. Iirc the 36% was nominal. With the inflation around at the time, end to end of the price depression it was over 60% in parts of SE.
  6. Thanks. I just took a look at the Torygraph's idea of affordable 21 towns. Many of these have been well known as high price locations for decades and it's likely you'd have to wait for something to become available. I knew quite a few on the list, some for over 5 decades. Stockbridge at £562k suggests to me that there is a preponderance of sales of pokey little twee backstreet houses and that a family home at an affordable price would be very rare. Stockbridge I'm certain has never been "cheap". 25 years ago I saw some figures of income per head, something like this: West Sussex £13600 pa. East Sussex £7850 pa. I think some moron was moaning about East getting "left behind". I'm pretty certain East Sussex still has some agreeable and relatively affordable homes. WS IMO generally does not. If it's "affordable" here it's likely to be shoite. That could be a better way of seeking out affordability, subject to one's work circumstances.
  7. Absolutely. Much though I love Essex, the region delineated has long been known for its high prices. Last time I was in that area I attempted to call in at Chelmsford on the way back to Sussex. What I encountered can only be described as a motorised hell. This was in 2003, I can't imagine what it's become like since. If the "Pandemic" has caused the "it towns" to rocket in value then it's too late mate.
  8. Surely every country on earth has a royal family, a class system and a feudal system. Of a sort. The difference being it's more obvious in some than others.
  9. Everything. The Home Office should immediately desist, scour all East European cities and bring over here as many rough sleepers as it can find.
  10. OMG. Labour must now hate the working class much more than I thought. They're clearly aiming at reprogramming what they see as the ignorant racist masses and willing to risk seats in the hope of so doing.
  11. The sad thing is that even 20 years ago bookies, at least IMO, were more honestly conducted than most businesses. They got much sneakier since. This smacks to me of the folks who really understood the businesses and the customers having gradually been ousted and replaced by lower level ciphers at the sharp end and by accountants or business degree types at the top. Lass in Hills told me they'd axed the panic alarm to save money even though a young woman could be on her own late at night and there had been a raid only months before. Clean your own shop, we've sacked the cleaners, no annual bonus for shop staff, only executives. This kind of stuff.
  12. I thought the guy was going to win. The excuse was just total made up nonsense in case it worked or the case could be kept going until he died or whatever. Here's a quote from a guy I know who works in betting. "The only people who like Fred are people who've never met him".
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