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Guardian Article Claiming Renting Doesn't Leave You Worse Off

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Mesdames et Messieurs, I present this masterpiece of deluded click-bait for your perusal:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/03/myth-generation-rent-is-worse-off-than-home-owning-parents

I don't think I have seen such strong feeling in a comments section before. Pretty much everyone is laying into the author, justifiably so IMO.

Enjoy.

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That article claims to be sponsored by the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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Could be the dumbest UK housing article I've read yet. Some great comments earlier in the day.

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To be completely fair - whilst theres a waft of attempting to paint renting as a lifestyle 'choice' which it is only if you CAN buy but WONT buy - i.e. a very small percentage of the population, a lot of the concepts floated (moving abroad, communal living, saying f*ck it and buying the ipad) are perfectly valid and have been discussed on here too.

The problem here is it misses out on the single most important part. The choice. Young people should be f*cking livid at having the choice ripped from them by financialization and corrupt banks amd governments.

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The problem here is it misses out on the single most important part. The choice. Young people should be f*cking livid at having the choice ripped from them by financialization and corrupt banks amd governments.

Great post.

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To be completely fair - whilst theres a waft of attempting to paint renting as a lifestyle 'choice' which it is only if you CAN buy but WONT buy - i.e. a very small percentage of the population, a lot of the concepts floated (moving abroad, communal living, saying f*ck it and buying the ipad) are perfectly valid and have been discussed on here too.

The problem here is it misses out on the single most important part. The choice. Young people should be f*cking livid at having the choice ripped from them by financialization and corrupt banks amd governments.

Nail on the head mate, while making the best of what's available is a good strategy in life - the article's suggestions smack of putting designer curtains in a prison cell, making a bad situation better without really improving it.

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If in the UK we had a wide choice of good quality rentals in places we wanted to live at reasonable rents with Continental levels of protection for tenants and generous pensions so you could still afford to rent once you'd retired, she might have a point.

As things actually stand, she can't really complain if she gets called a stupid bint.

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Being priced out can be so liberating!

Yeah I love that I will be raising my child under a series of ASTs, it's brilliant.

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To be completely fair - whilst theres a waft of attempting to paint renting as a lifestyle 'choice' which it is only if you CAN buy but WONT buy - i.e. a very small percentage of the population, a lot of the concepts floated (moving abroad, communal living, saying f*ck it and buying the ipad) are perfectly valid and have been discussed on here too.

The problem here is it misses out on the single most important part. The choice. Young people should be f*cking livid at having the choice ripped from them by financialization and corrupt banks amd governments.

+1. The article was BS. Completely missed out the real issue which is of course a real choice.

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Basically, if your <35 and don't own, your screwed. Or that's how I look at my situation.

Article is total BS.

The younger you are, the better chance you have of things changing while you still have time. I'm approaching mid forties which is worse (for lots of reasons!). Chances are we won't even be allowed a mortgage if and when the time comes..

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Makes an article with the headline :"Myth: Generation rent is worse off than home-owning parents"

Pins a Tweet: "More than half a million homes are overcrowded, with many strangers forced into sharing beds"

Links to an article with:

In 2011, a student complained to me that he was struggling with university work because of a lack of sleep. Floating possible reasons for his insomnia – stress, depression, over-reliance on caffeine – I asked if he’d spoken to his GP. No, he said, the problem was the flatmate who shared his bed and snored too much. The “flat” he was paying £70 a week for turned out to be space in one of two double beds in a room in a three-bed property housing 12 people. The landlord had tried to convince another student to sleep on an inflatable mattress on the kitchen floor as well, but a rat problem had put them off.

Better off eh?

And there is more: "Stuck with a terrible landlord? As if tenants have any other choice"

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/sep/04/tenants-terrible-landlords-harrassment-private-rented-sector ( yes, it our Dawn again)

And if renting is free from the threat of bullying, maybe it will feel like an actual choice, instead of a very expensive trap.

cognitive dissonance :noun
the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change.

Journalism works better Dawn, if you actually remember what you have already published and stick to a theme you are good at expressing on a subject you understand, just a tip! :rolleyes:

Edited by JustAnotherProle

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