Saturday, July 29, 2006

If they can afford a home then who is it that can?

House price woe for 'key workers'

Public sector workers such as police, teachers, nurses and firemen cannot afford to buy property in two-thirds of UK towns, the Halifax bank has said.

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8 thoughts on “If they can afford a home then who is it that can?

  • tyrellcorporation says:

    I hate that phrase ‘key workers’. What, so does that mean that the private sector workers who ultimately pay for all these civil servants aren’t ‘key’ at all. It’s just symptomatic of a society which seems to think Government funding is just magicked from nowhere!

    Somehow under New Labour and the BBC, civil servants are far more important than the poor bastards working at call centres and trying to eek a living in manufacturing, etc. It’s all back-to-front and upside-down in this new ‘age of unreason’.

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  • Steady on tyrell. I take it you don’t have any kids, elderly relatives or ever get sick, have a chance of being involved in a house or car fire or suffer a burglary or assualt. If the answer to this is no then you must be twentysomething. When a business decides to open a call centre if its got any sense it will check the regional demographics first. Why do you think most of the call centres are in the cheaper parts of the UK? Key workers aren’t just civil servants. In fact they’re not civil servants in general at all. Look at the list.

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  • and the list includes many who are under average incomes……also trying to eek out a living.

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  • Actually “civil servant” also covers people who work for local and district councils – who keep the key services of the country running. It also covers MoD employees and MoD Agency employees/contractors who keep much of the Armd Force afloat and alive and well now-a-days. There are loads more “civil servants” who work for all govt departments who you would not think are covered by the term “civil servant” but form the backbone of the country.

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  • Wasn’t this the problem that John Prescott thought he was addressing with his famous 60,000 pound estates and return to feudalism — building the servants quarters close enough that City dwellers can still get the morning train and java on time, the children educated, clinics staffed and trash collected? Whatever name we give to the factions under discussion, it’s has all the earmarkings of a “them and us” split in the social fabric. We have the recently-minted property “millionaires,” whose wealth generally amounts to a gigantic mortgage or two, living on the urban fringes with a job that supports their spending habits — or should anyway. Meanwhile those who are supposed to faithfully wait on them are now forced into flats and housing estates too distant to get to work anymore –especially in consideration of the pitiful wage — and with all due respect to those escalating petrol prices.

    Public sector, civil servants, whatever you call these underrated skilled employees, it merely means that those who have generally gathered so much debt as to be living in over-priced “posh” precincts have created for themselves an economic outpost — an otherwise uninhabitable residential frontier, where they can now wait on themselves or take a further irrational step and begin recreating feudal “households” complete with nanny, kitchen help, tutors and barber/surgeon — all of whom could perhaps double as a fire brigade if need be. It simply amazes that, with a large population bemoaning the archaic artistocracy, so many educated leaders [bankers, politicians, economic experts, and social planners] will fall in line to recreate the mold, with no other thought for how to behave or organize themselves in a democratic world. Iraq might do well to come up with an entirely different form of government or at least rewrite the book on democracy.

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  • Since when have the armed forces been “the backbone of the country” ??

    Bunch of idiots playing games before going off to kill innocent people from what I can see. War criminals who shouldn’t be given any special priveleges. Can’t afford to live in England? Make a home amongst the depleted uranium in Iraq.

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  • To some extent I’ve always thought of soldiers as victims of circumstance as are the people they have to kill. What a life either way.

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  • inbreda. You obviously have not met any soldiers. Most are throughly professional and understand their place under the control of a civilian Govt.

    They are the Govt’s “insurance policy” and are used for whatever the Govt thinks fit – eg Iraq or organising/cleaning up the mess of the Foot-and-mouth crisis.

    I think that if you were in Lebanon on Holiday in the last couple of weeks you would have been very pleased to have had a trip on an RN ship back to Cyprus.

    NB.I am not in the Forces

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