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    Ireland Redux

    irish hpc site.... https://thepropertypin.com/
  2. Agree. But what normally happens is the opposition campaigns against a development, and gets the support of the existing NODAM residents. The ruling party has to implement the new build, and loses votes...
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    Yellow Vest Protests

    Hi Back on the gilets jaunes, this from ZH: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/gilets-jaunes-are-unstoppable-now-elites-are-afraid Guilluy: We have a new bourgeoisie, but because they are very cool and progressive, it creates the impression that there is no class conflict anymore. It is really difficult to oppose the hipsters when they say they care about the poor and about minorities. But actually, they are very much complicit in relegating the working classes to the sidelines. Not only do they benefit enormously from the globalised economy, but they have also produced a dominant cultural discourse which ostracises working-class people. Think of the ‘deplorables’ evoked by Hillary Clinton. There is a similar view of the working class in France and Britain. They are looked upon as if they are some kind of Amazonian tribe. The problem for the elites is that it is a very big tribe. The middle-class reaction to the yellow vests has been telling. Immediately, the protesters were denounced as xenophobes, anti-Semites and homophobes. The elites present themselves as anti-fascist and anti-racist but this is merely a way of defending their class interests. It is the only argument they can muster to defend their status, but it is not working anymore. Now the elites are afraid. For the first time, there is a movement which cannot be controlled through the normal political mechanisms. The gilets jaunes didn’t emerge from the trade unions or the political parties. It cannot be stopped. There is no ‘off’ button. Either the intelligentsia will be forced to properly acknowledge the existence of these people, or they will have to opt for a kind of soft totalitarianism. [..] spiked: How can we begin to address these demands? Guilluy: First of all, the bourgeoisie needs a cultural revolution, particularly in universities and in the media. They need to stop insulting the working class, to stop thinking of all the gilets jaunes as imbeciles. Cultural respect is fundamental: there will be no economic or political integration until there is cultural integration. Then, of course, we need to think differently about the economy. That means dispensing with neoliberal dogma. We need to think beyond Paris, London and New York.
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    Restaurant chains suffering?

    I think I know where that is Its about 15 paces from the closed Prezzos to the nearest Pizza Express, and then a further 20 to a Zizzis. So not far for a replacement pizza! Prezzos took a later lease on the building you mention and I bet it was expensive.
  5. Wrt Phil, I'm still awaiting the apology for endorsing Harlequin Properties... Excellent find! I could'nt get the actual ad anywhere online so the BBC clip is a keeper. Our Phil is described as "Presenter of C4s 'Location Location Location'" and his full quote is: "I can see the vision is becoming a reality. Harlequin is what it says it is. I am investing and nobody did me a good deal or anything I'm happy with Harlequin model" Moneybox describes David Ames as a "twice-bankrupt former double-glazing salesman." Apparently he raised £250m?
  6. Noted this: Service charge: £173 Ground rent: £33 per month £2.4k p.a. - That's steep?
  7. Or should this be in the "biggest falls" thread? A "reduced" Chelsea house. (A snip at £3.9m, down from £4.5m :) )
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    Centre Point “silly offers”

    Do they have to pay council tax on the empty flats? (Like a LL would, with void rents?)
  9. hi https://capx.co/the-proposal-that-could-solve-the-uks-housing-crisis/?omhide=true&utm_source=CapX+briefing&utm_campaign=23dadcc906-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_17_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5017135a0-23dadcc906-241824445 Did any of the HPC Massiv enter? "This week on CapX we are publishing the winning entry and the runners-up for the Institute of Economic Affairs Breakthrough Prize. The prize, supported by entrepreneur Richard Koch, sought ideas for a “free market breakthrough” policy to solve the UK housing crisis. This year’s winner is Ben Clements, an analyst based in London, who proposed a new Land Purchase Act to free up land for people to build their own homes." [..] "This essay proposes the “Land Purchase Act”: a market-based policy that makes swathes of land available for people to build homes according to their own choice and preference. This policy has the potential to not only alleviate many of the problems in housing, but also serve as an example of what market-based policies could achieve for the wider housing market."
  10. https://order-order.com/2018/10/19/backdoor-eu-funding-losers-vote/ EU funded sock puppet organisations are taking to twitter to promote yet another coalescing of Britain’s most die hard, no doubt beret-clad remainiacs in the heart of metropolitan London. The Losers’ Peoples’ Vote campaign is holding another winge-a-thon walk through the capital tomorrow. European Alternatives was handed €300,000 by the EU
  11. I dont have a dog in the BTC fight,it was all a bit confusing to me anyway. But here's Roubini again: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/blockchain-big-lie-by-nouriel-roubini-2018-10?a_la=english&a_d=5bc45c3a78b6c7572cc3c59a&a_m=&a_a=click&a_s=&a_p=%2Farchive&a_li=blockchain-big-lie-by-nouriel-roubini-2018-10&a_pa=&a_ps=&utm_source=CapX+briefing&utm_campaign=801d253d0e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_17_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5017135a0-801d253d0e-241824445 "No serious institution would ever allow its transactions to be verified by an anonymous cartel operating from the shadows of the world’s authoritarian kleptocracies. So it is no surprise that whenever “blockchain” has been piloted in a traditional setting, it has either been thrown in the trash bin or turned into a private permissioned database that is nothing more than an Excel spreadsheet or a database with a misleading name."
  12. I think the laundering issue is that, once you get the casino check, you have a receipt to prove you lawfully have the dosh. I'm sure a lot of the FOBTs in betting shops are used to launder money. If you make £1k in drugs, just spend it at the bookies' machine. You'll probably get £800-900 back, depending on the % take of the machine. But then you have a receipt for £800 which, should anyone ask, you can produce to show why you have the cash.
  13. Hi OK its ZH - so the solution, as to all life's problems, is to buy gold - but an interesting article nonetheless. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-13/violence-public-anger-erupts-china-home-prices-slide "Fast forward to today, when Beijing may be starting to sweat because whereas Chinese property developers usually count on September and October to be their “gold and silver” months for sales, this year has turned out to be different. As the SCMP reports, not only were sales figures grim for September, but the seven-day national holiday last week also brought at least two "fangnao" incidents – when angry, and often violent, homeowners protest against price cuts offered by developers to new buyers. These protests are often directed at sales offices, with varying levels of intensity – from throwing rocks to holding banners and putting up funeral wreaths. The risk, of course, is that as what has gone up (wealth effect) will come down, and as home ownership has remained the most important channel of investment for urban households in China in the past decade, price cuts have become increasingly unacceptable and a cause for social unrest. Just last week, angry homeowners who paid full price for units at the Xinzhou Mansion residential project in Shangrao attacked the Country Garden sales office in eastern Jiangxi province last week, after finding out it had offered discounts to new buyers of up to 30%.
  14. All good stuff, though I noted: "Its members include Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury [...] It calls for a “serious debate” about the level of taxes as a share of GDP, without recommending its own target, but it does say income and wealth should be “taxed in the same way”." It is intensely irritating to be lectured on taxes by the head of a church that has and continues to benefit from large-scale tax-free privileges. When is Welby going to volunteer that the CoE pays taxes?
  15. An hpc-er would have commented "Rent the baby out, sorted!"

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