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Austin Allegro

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  1. In my experience, leftist arguments tend to be based on emotion, rather than reason. Take for example last week's Question Time on R4 where Michael Howard gave a very eloquent speech about how a welfare state can only function if it is underpinned by a strong economy and paid for by subsequent taxation. After he said that, you could hear the tumbleweeds blowing through the hall. Then, two leftists gave impassioned speeches about caring for the sick, the poor, the 'disadvantaged' etc and got huge applause. Those further to the right don't need to preach hatred or violence, because they can simply show by reasoned argument how their opponents are wrong. The left generally can't do that because their policies are based on emotion. So if the Tories say they will cut benefits, this is seen by them as 'evil' because they can't grasp the fact that somebody has to pay for the welfare state. If said 'evil' Tories persist with their views, even in the face of sob stories about the suffering poor, it understandably provokes rage and anger in those who can't grasp the rationale behind it. It's like a teenager stamping her feet and shouting 'I HATE YOU' at her parents when they refuse to give her more pocket money.
  2. According to an article in the Guardian, there's a dodgy landlord who rents out illegal slum houseboats on the Thames. It takes months or years for the council to take action; at which time he simply unties the boats and tugs them along the river into the next borough, where the process starts all over again.
  3. What is your internet access like? I'd like to get a narrowboat to live on (home counties, not central London), but I need good quality internet access (enough to have skype video calls) for my work. Residential moorings with BT landline are as rare as hen's teeth, so I'm considering continuous cruising now instead.
  4. I don't think this is the actual tv news item but it's pretty similar: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-england-32392395
  5. The one small bit of hope is that the mainstream media is finally picking up on the situation. BBC London tv news last night had a feature on a young family that had had to move in with in-laws because they couldn't afford a house in London.
  6. We hear a lot about all these new businesses starting up, but are there any stats on whether these are the sole income of the business owner? In my own case, I've started a hobby-jobby which is registered with HMRC as a small business, but there's no way I could give up the day job and live on the income from it. I only started it because interest rates were so low I had to look around for new ways of getting passive income.
  7. Can't they just import thousands of wealthy foreign students, like British universities do?
  8. I'm pretty sure this is what will happen. Neither the volume housebuilders nor the government can risk a wave of 'hard working families' having to sell up and leave their homes.
  9. This will be the tipping point for London - if it ever happens. Set up shop elsewhere and leave London as a ghost town for foreign investors and tourists, like the centre of Venice. If people really want to avoid 'gentrification' and do something really radical, Tarquin and Jemima should set up their self-facilitating media nodes (or whatever it is they do) in places in the UK where property is cheap, eg the former industrial areas of the north East, south Wales etc. This will probably achieve more than smashing up a branch of Foxton's and painting 'Yuppies Out' on a wall. (Actually when I saw that on the BBC I wondered if it was fake. I can't think anyone under 40 knows what a 'yuppie' is.)
  10. The switch flipped for me as well a few years ago. You may be interested to read a book called 'The Quest of the Simple Life' by William Dawson, available free of charge on Amazon Kindle. It's about a London wage slave who had a similar 'switch flip' experience, and what he did about it.
  11. Yes. I find it tragically amusing that the SNP (and others) think that a. what we have now is actually austerity and b. that it has been introduced out of spite by the Tories, as if the government is like a mother who has taken a child's sweets away for no good reason.
  12. There's been a toxic mix of anti-saving for a rainy day propaganda over the last 50 years or so. Partly it's from banks pushing credit, but also from marxists who prefer reliance on the state rather than on one's own resources. Hopefully it will change and the old idea of thrift will return.
  13. Your Mrs sounds like a sensible woman who understands the reality of the situation. That's something to be very, very thankful for.
  14. Yes. I'm on a number of other housing forums and a lot of them are peopled by old-style hard lefties advocating punitive taxation etc. Most protestors seem to accept the 'we need more housing' idea and don't understand the issues to do with loose credit etc. Still, it's a start.
  15. Couldn't the government take them over? 'National PayDay Loans' has a nice ring to it. Taxpayer's money could be used to subsidise low interest rates.
  16. I thought that the 'Tiny House' movement was something which originated in the USA as a means of living under the radar of planning controls by building small houses (often moveable) which could be placed on existing properties in the back yard, driveway etc, and easily moved if complaints were made. Seems like the property industry doesn't quite understand the concept, and thinks that it's a great way to make more money out of people!
  17. If my flat was the one on the left I'd be willing to share it.
  18. How will the 'wide boys' be able to show the clients around?
  19. There are quite a few things we could learn from the third world. Resourcefulness, self reliance, making do, etc. Obviously nobody's going to live on rice and dahl in Britain. The point is, shoving tins of ravioli and packets of biscuits isn't going to help them. They need education and awareness in what to eat and how to cook it. It won't happen, because the peddling of processed food is a multi-million pound industry.
  20. It's a bad analogy. I was always given to understand that 'ugly girls try harder'.
  21. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia... The way they're spinning the 'recovery' really is laughable...I was in a business meeting today and two people were agreeing about how good it was the recession was now over...
  22. I've often wondered how people get all these tax credit things and benefits etc. I used some gov.uk calculator about what I was entitled to and it came back with a big fat zero.
  23. I find it particularly amusing when leftists like Nicola Miller and Wee Jimmie Krankie talk about how they're going to increase public spending. They act as if austerity and the debt is all in the minds of the Tories.
  24. Millions of Indians live on a diet of rice and dahl (yellow split peas or lentils) with some bread, fruit and veg (usually onions) etc as extras. I lived on this kind of food for about three months at one time (while in India) and seemed to get by ok. Millions of Scots lived on a diet of mainly porridge and boiled nettles (extremely healthy and nutritious) a couple of centuries ago. Oats cost about 75p a kilo in Tesco, and nettles are free. So you don't need expensive food to live healthily. The problem is you do need to understand what food is and how it works, and have the ability to step away from mainstream culture which says you must stuff yourself with processed food from packets, and that anyone who tells you otherwise is an out of touch, evil Tory.
  25. PFI has always seemed to me to be a gigantic 'fur coat and no knickers' policy. It gives people the cozy feeling that we live in a wealthy country where we can afford to build 'schoolz 'n' hozpiddals' whereas in reality we're just slightly better at fiddling the books than more obviously poor countries like those in eastern Europe.
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