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  1. The more I read on this the more concerned I am about getting mine. Starting to feel like booking it but if I can't get Pfizer one then just not getting it. I know way more people with pretty nasty side effects after the jab than not. Waking up shivering like crazy being one, man-flu hangover being another. How old are you if you don't mind me asking? I am late 30s.
  2. The referendum voted to leave. The bent voting system (FPTP) would be hard to change AND keep local representatives. To try and say the country changed its mind at the GE because Tories got 40% of the votes (the largest share of any part in that election) while every muppet that voted commie didn't even know what their policy was on Brexit (probably neither did the chinless cretins in the Labour party either) might as well cancel itself out. Leave won, we've left, it'll be fine. It's only a bana republic sham if you believe there was electoral fraud material enough to change the outcome. Do you believe that to be the case?
  3. Do you have zero sympathy for those that voted Labour in 1997 and voted Labour every election until 2010? When Brown was on his way out in 2010 I genuinely thought the Tories could play a blinder and build loads of houses to prop up the economy, boost jobs AND lower prices. Guess what the3y did instead? Point is it genuinely doesn't matter who you voted for. High house prices win more votes than lower ones. Trying to get elected on a platform to crash prices wont work.
  4. Yep, I remember feeling there would be a crash in mid 00s and there was for a time a 'correction' let us say but not an outright crash. I viewed price increases as a dead cat bounce but how wrong I was. I capitulated in 2017 and was worried I'd done the wrong thing. End of the day there's nothing smart about buying a house, or dumb about not buying one but the game is rigged for sure. I used to slap away 'they wont let prices fall' remarks with 'they can't stop them'. Turns out I was wrong.
  5. The average guy is apparently. I got 3% so must be below average but I did get a promotion so YoY my basic is up 13.5% and I qualify for the bonus which might be £nil or as high as 30%. Not bragging but I've been extremely lucky the last year but despite all that I'm not moving house and only borrowing more next year to fund some home improvements... but with money so cheap I think I'd rather have a nicer and more comfortable home while inflation nibbles away at the debt pile. Just my humble view.
  6. Glad I bought in 2017. Brexit was really the gift for me and my siblings.. we all bought within a couple of years of the leave vote. Starting from now I wouldn't be able to get anything like I managed four years ago. I bought this place for low 400ks needing a lot of work. An extended and finished version of what I want to end up with in a couple of years just sold for 900K. My aim all along was to play the game against itself. House prices are insane but if you can buy something, renovate and improve and then finish up with a load of equity and do another then maybe you can be mortgage free by mid 40s. I don't see it as making money I see it as building my house in three moves.
  7. Empty offices will get converted into flats. Starting to do this in London already which is a double blow since few jobs there create less of the pull and increases in housing supply is a good thing.... unless of course they're all snapped up by canny overseas investors....
  8. More women in good careers = good for them and why shouldn't they have every opportunity? Blokes still have a physical advantage in 'heavy' trades (I didn't see my mate's wife nor my GF helping us put up a new fence or install a bathroom) but they have brains and it's a shame to waste it on housework. For HPs though it's going to be a booster.... more money into same number of households, or more independent single people demanding their own homes = prices up. Certainly not the end of men but the levelling up of women.
  9. It really is not. Take an extreme example, all boomers and 65+ don't turn pout next election and 100% of under 50s do vote. Flying blind the govt wouldn't make a change to its manifesto prior to the GE but once the demographics are revealed what do you think they'll do work to keep those that can be bothered to vote or not? I had hoped Brexit would be the wakeup call for the young since they're more keen (generally) to want to Remain but I guess many assumed it wouldn't go the way it did (although I actually was in favour of leaving mainly because it'd take the wind out of the sails of the housing market and enable me and other 'younger' people to buy) so why bother turning out? But as I said, I've given up explaining this. Don't vote, it's your choice of course but it used to pain me to be left on the pile with that younger demographic and getting screwed over with them all. Since being able to afford to buy somewhere though this bothers me less. The intergenerational injustices still irritate me but that's not within my control. I'll just live my life but if I ever could make one single law it would be that it's a lawful requirement to cast a vote in a general election. It is truly the only way that you get the government to take account of all people. In my view it isn't a right but a responsibility and obligation.
  10. This is the tail wagging the dog. They vote, therefore they're looked after and not the other way around. All that needs to happen is all the tenants and low paid vote and suddenly the party looks at how they keep that vote. No brainer that both main political parties support triple lock pensions, winter fuel allowances, free public transport for pensioners. Doesn't stop there, your statutory redundancy pay is enhanced over a certain age too and you can play the ageist card too. Clearly, older people have lived and worked for longer and you'd therefore expect them generally to have accumulated more wealth but not at the expense of younger people. Other end of the spectrum young people are left to fend for themselves, restricted access to benefits (under 25 IIRC), huge loans for university education, high rental costs. Seems that the majority don't get the message until their mid 30s. I can't find easily data on tenants voter turnout versus homeowner for the same ages but being in less secure accommodation makes voting hard since you have to continually re-register.
  11. I've given up explaining this to 'young people. As I approach my 40s there are still many people I went to college with who explain they'll only vote when there's someone 'worth voting for'. They simply don't understand that i they don't vote they don't count. Young people, renters, lower earners are all less likely to vote so the govt gives zero sh!ts about them. Older people (not just boomers but they're now in that age bracket and there's lots of them), homeowners (still outnumber tenants by far) and higher earners all tend to be more likely to vote.... so we have millionaires on state pensions and winter fuel allowances while we have young impoverished people paying all their wages for education and rent. You don't vote? You don't count!
  12. All the while letting the banks run amok! Literally couldn't have played it better by hand!
  13. Norway is an interesting one. Fewer (significantly fewer) people, same oil reserves give or take but crucially did not join the EU and has a pretty good immigration policy. Interestingly it also has a 10% better income to house price ratio. https://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/rankings_by_country.jsp UK is 21 which although not the best is still top 10%. China has a larger economy but could UK really maintain its global dominance?
  14. and rampant property price inflation is the way to ensure you stay in power. UK house prices rose the most under Tony Blair’s tenure (211.3%) followed by that of Margaret Thatcher. Prices rose by 187.9% during her time at No.10 and bear in mind that the latter presided over a period of far, far higher inflation. Can't easily find the data but I'd be amazed if prices have risen (on average) more than 60% since Labour left office to today but happy to be corrected.
  15. Nice post, but.... What was the total cost of ownership in 1971 versus today? Factor in mortgage rates etc and how does that compare? How hard was it to get a mortgage in 1971? Even in the 1980s I recall going to the bank with my dad on a weekend and he'd put on his best suit with the Alan Partridge brass buttons (WTF Dad!?) just to chat to the bank manager! These days Wayne and Waynetta can fill out an application with tattooed hands and still get accepted. Wage suppression is a big factor, but so too is the low inflation world that flows from offshoring. I am able to buy virtually anything I like and it's affordable.... and I am not a rich guy. outside of lockdowns I can travel, have a new car, all manner of electronic devices and gadgets, bikes, equipment, the list goes on and on. While wages have not kept up with gold (literally who cares about gold) they have more than kept up with pretty much everything you want to buy. A stark contract to my childhood and certainly a harsh contrast to my parents growing up. What did a whole chicken and a bottle of champagne cost in 1971 versus today.... for instance. The argument above sounds like one for protectionism rather than trade which would add everything else to that list of what isn't affordable. I put to you the counterargument. It is not the supply of housing and the demand for it, but rather the supply and demand of cheap and easy credit. As for the government - I've had this argument with @Venger years ago. It is not politically acceptable to allow house prices to crash, it always leads to a recession. What's good for wannabe homeowners isn't so good for everyone else and even if it is good for them they don't think it is. The sad thing is that pumping prices to the moon is the easiest way to make people (homeowners and voters) 'feel' wealthier. Keep them feeling like everything is going well and they'll keep voting for you and keep spending. The minute they feel less wealthy they stop spending, everyone else starts to feel the pinch, recession and the party in power generally gets kicked out. My theory for what it's worth is that prices are ludicrously high to keep everyone on that treadmill of work and earning to keep paying income tax (PAYE is possibly the least salient of all taxes - people can probs tell you their council tax to the nearest £100 or even £10 versus no general idea of total IT and NI over the year). It's the workers that keep the money coming into government while everyone with capital (or just a modest house all paid for) can get by with relative ease. If you can't afford to buy then you'll need to rent and that's an treadmill on an incline! If houses were 'cheap' I'd probably be set up and just messing about in my garden, brewing beer and reading books in a hammock but then again I might just have done what I've already done and bought the most expensive house I can afford... it would just mean I got a nicer place in a nicer part of town.
  16. Their biggest contribution seemed to be waiting for winter. 25 million dead though. Crazy!
  17. The BTC crowd might well be wishing for the CGT consideration when they're selling at a loss
  18. If someone has already executed us? The so called dead man's hand. In another example where you nuke a less capable target. North Korea for instance.... or a non-nuclear power. Regardless of their cost they are significantly cheaper than a full blown conventional war.
  19. You say that.... but my general view was the yanks played a blinder. Get Britain to mortgage its empire and pay the US with R&D. In return get US industrial might and when the war is won America emerges as the unipolar power. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tizard_Mission
  20. As one of my army friends wisely said..... Never. Invade. A. Landlocked. Country.
  21. B&Q and Screwfix have been flat out in my experience. I just did a large project in the garden and B&Q (and Wickes) had no quick set cement. Looked like the place had been gutted but not sure if knock on from Suez? I guess with people at home all this time they're noticing more all the stuff that has to be done. I've spent weeks over the past year sorting out quite an overgrown garden and some crazy layouts on the driveway plus various other stuff that just needed to be dealt with. I guess now though people are out in the beer gardens rather than their own?
  22. and time, but I agree with you and that way of eating for sure! One day I'll grow as much of my own food as I can.
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