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    In every job he has ever had, Gavin has shirked. When he worked in a call centre, he would mute the phone, rather than answer it. When he worked in a pub, he would sneak out of the building and go to another pub nearby, for a pint. His best-ever job was as a civil servant. He would take an hour for breakfast, and two for lunch. No one ever said anything. All his colleagues were at it, too.

    When the pandemic began, Gavin, now working as a software engineer, realised, to his inexhaustible joy, that he could get away with doing less work than he had ever dreamed of, from the comfort of his home. He would start at 8.30am and clock off about 11am. To stop his laptop from going into sleep mode – lest his employers check it for activity – Gavin played a 10-hour YouTube video of a black screen.


    One might reasonably describe Gavin (not his real name) as a deadbeat. In economic terms, he is a unit of negative output. In moral terms, he is to be despised; there are antonyms for the word “grafter”, and none of them are good. In religious terms – well, few gods would smile on such indolence. But that is not how Gavin views things. “I work to pay my bills and keep a roof over my head,” he says. “I don’t see any value or purpose in work. Zero. None whatsoever.”

    Gavin’s job is an unfortunate expediency that facilitates his enjoyment of the one thing that does matter to him in life: his time. “Life is short,” Gavin tells me. “I want to enjoy the time I have. We are not here for a long time. We are here for a good time.” And for now, Gavin is living the good life. He’s a time millionaire. “I am delighted,” Gavin tells me. “I could not be happier.” He is practically singing.

    And his boss? “My boss is happy with the work I’m doing,” he says. “Or more accurately, the work he thinks I’m doing.”

    From https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/12/time-millionaires-meet-the-people-pursuing-the-pleasure-of-leisure

  2. 2 hours ago, Pop321 said:

    The key question is whether is would cost more....removing all other benefits, DSS staff, assessment centres etc could save a significant amount. 

    There would still be a bureaucracy associated with UBI I think. Somebody has to decide and record who qualifies and keep the list up to date. If, for example, it was decided to give some form of UBI to every one living in the UK on a certain date, there needs to be a list of those people. After that date, you need to keep the list up to date for births, deaths, emigrants, immigrants etc. Do immigrants qualify immediately, or only if they are British citizens, or after a certain period of time if not? Do illegal immigrants coming over the channel in dinghies qualify? Do people in prison qualify, given the state is providing all of their basic needs? If not, this needs to be recorded, as people go into and out of prison. Do people in long term NHS or care paid for by the state qualify? It seems there could be lots of such bureaucratic issues associated with UBI and lots of ever changing records needing to be kept, modified, corrected etc. So the DSS staff might still be needed to do all that, thus no money is saved at all.

  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9219191/Hampshire-three-bed-bungalow-pylon-garden-goes-sale-380-000.html

    A three-bedroom bungalow with a gigantic electricity pylon in the back garden goes up for sale for £380,000.  

    The Hampshire home is for sale with Jeffries and Dibbens in Portchester and appears to be a lovely family house.   

    It boasts three bedrooms, a conservatory and garage, as well as a huge electricity pylon in the back garden.

  4. Daily Mail article

    The houses that just won't sell

    If you've ever struggled to sell your home after putting it on the market, spare a thought for the owners of these homes which have been listed for up to nearly nine years without a buyer.

    A £325,000 three-bedroom detached bungalow in Leicester has been on sale since February 22, 2012 - the longest time of any property in Britain, despite having an 'excellent sized loft' and garden with paved area.

    Other properties on the market for a very long time include a £57,000 studio flat in Leeds since December 2013 and a £100,000 flat in Nottingham and £1.35million deluxe apartment in Central London, both since 2014.

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