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  1. I have lived and worked in very different places - three different continents for a start, although one only for a few months. I also like looking at number and facts.
  2. Yes, because we have had decades of bad planning and have not built the housing we need. Our infrastructure is pretty good other than that though. The issue of switching to electric vehicles bother me too, but add extra population is not going to change it much: 10% extra demand in a few decades is nothing like as big a problem as switching over what we have in the next 10 to 15 years.
  3. I voted leave and I fail to see the connection. The only immigration issue relevant to Brexit was EU immigration. Are you aware HK is not in the EU?
  4. Its not. Lots of nice places to live with significantly higher population densities (ignoring very small countries and city states that are not really comparable). I have even lived in one and no other there complained about it being over-crowded. https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population_density
  5. Few non-western countries too. I knew a few British people who got into trouble in Sri Lanka. The article sounds like the Guardian getting upset because its happening to people from the EU. A lot worse has happened to people from other parts of the world, and to far more than a dozen of them. I am not sure "interviews" in that context ("meetings, conferences, seminars, interviews") means "job interviews". Its not very clear and people coming for a job interview are a pretty clear overstay risk. Immigration law is complex. So is nationality. I used to know someone who did not
  6. Are you implying the British are? As a brown immigrant I can tell you its not true. Numerous academic studies prove it. Immigration is something of an issue because 1) the "small overcrowded island" myth, and 2) unskilled immigrants driving down wages. 2) is why its a class issue: the affluent want cheap eastern European cleaners and the like, the poor would rather do their jobs (but would want to be paid more for it).
  7. Correlation does not imply causation. At least some of those areas had a declining Labour vote for a while.
  8. Really? I think that is a comforting lie remianers tell themselves about the "gammon", "great unwashed" etc. The truth is that they are not stupid, they just have different interests and priorities to you. I do not think people who believe whatever tosh the Guardian prints are any better informed that those who believe whatever tosh the Mail prints. If it was true, surely the leave campaign would have played along with it? You really think Nigel Farage went out of his way to say something the voters did not want to hear when he could just have kept quite about it? Where is the backlash a
  9. Just checked, not just a remainer, but a hard line one: he voted for a second referendum six times, against the Labour whip. He also thinks Saudi Arabia is modern and progressive. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hartlepool-by-election-paul-williams-saudi-arabia-b1819597.html
  10. Their attitude is that people who do not vote for them are just wrong and need to repent and admit their error. The problem they have with immigration is not with immigration per se but unskilled immigration. Both leave campaigns, and a lot of prominent leave figures (Farage and Johnson to start with) were very clear that they wanted to make on-EU skilled immigration easier post Brexit: easy work visa's are what Brexiter's voted for. People are happy to let in an Indian doctor who do not want to let in a Bulgarian cleaner. The more affluent who would be competing for jobs with t
  11. Its not enough to deter many of those affluent enough to be second home owners. A land value tax would do it. 1% of the value of any residential property that is not a main or only residence. It would be much more of a deterrent to people buying the more expensive houses.
  12. Looking through their site at this section: https://www.astoneaves.com/asylum-seeker-property-investments/#tab-con-2 A four bed in Manchester for 95k - with a area of 89 sq metres? I guess a two bed with what used to be sitting and dining rooms converted. They say net yield, when they sometimes actually mean gross yield, and, in the case of the house in Bury, they are ignoring the need to refurbish because it is in "fair" condition. As they say houses in good condition around there go for £15k to 20K more than they are asking expect an expensive refurbishment if you ever want to sell
  13. The whole thing feels very dubious. If the returns are that good and that safe, why are they keen to sell properties they already own and let this way?
  14. I find that hard to believe. A lot of the press hate asylum seekers so if they got involved it would be to complain the other way. This is very much someone told me that someone else said.
  15. Letting in people from Hong Kong was not going to make that much difference. Its difficult to move countries (I have done it five times, between two countries I know well). The older you get the more difficult it becomes: leavings friends and family, kids doing the same, needing a new career, giving up your business and house and whatever assets you have that are not portable. Its scary moving somewhere new - I am currently looking to move from the NW to the midlands and that is a pain and stressful! It might make a difference in London, where rich people from all over the world alre
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