Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Well done Crash Gordon!

Wealth gap 'widest in 40 years'

The gap between rich and poor in the UK is as wide as it has been for 40 years

Posted by nearly30 @ 07:51 AM (676 views)
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27 thoughts on “Well done Crash Gordon!

  • IMHO – this is a very good map for where Housing is sky-rocketing – and where it is nose-diving.

    p.s. I’m a big fan of geographical mapping – a picture says 1000 words!

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  • george monsoon says:

    Its looking like I live in one of the poorest parts of Britain, and the prices are still out of reach.

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  • uncle chris says:

    How can a liebour goverment, that was created by and for the working class of this country, have got it so wrong? Then again, I despair how many things have been messed up in the past ten years. I could have done a better job – no seriously, I suspect most people could. We have become a nation divided by wealth, colour, race and religion – well done Tony.

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  • the bald man says:

    Uncle chris.. most politicans are only in the job for personal gain either money or self importance what else can you expect? The days are long gone where people were there to serve their country and community

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  • It’s no surprise. That’s the consequence of high real house prices: a re-distribution of wealth from the less well off and the young to the rich. It’s the death of meritocracy. What a shame no one seems to care. The question is, is it a natural result of the modern economy, or something that can be fought against?

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  • Ihopeitgoeswithabang says:

    I would think the fact that good old Tony decided to invest in millions in property as a good indication of his intent to sit back and watch prices go up.
    Makes me laugh. There was Gordon Brown applauding himself over the many Budgets he had to improve the life of the less well off in this country.
    Now look where the Working class are. Stuck there. Hes given them a few hundred pounds and then let the price of a house go up to about 10x to 15x their salary.
    That and the decision to do pretty much nothing about social housing over 10 years.

    Yes I can see how Tony and Gordon have really improved the outlook for the working class. Not.
    I am glad I have not personally heard Gordon use the phrase Key Worker Housing recently.
    Because if i’m ever in the same room as him and he said that with that stupid grin on his face – I’d have see if he puts up as good as fight as Prescott when a egg is thrown at him!

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    Tony Blair would have been just as happy selling insurance or curtain rings – he is/was a consummate con-artist who conned the labour Party (although they were happy to go along with it because he gave them power) and the British people. He only ever saw the UK Premiership as a stepping stone to EU Presidency!

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  • Its no suprise. Paradoxically the labour party have been the number one enemy of the working classes since its formation.

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  • They won’t see that though will they? daft boy?

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  • Daft boy just curious do you mean the Labour party or Nu Labour? As a kid I had the feeling that Labour represented the working class but Nu Labour represent the aspirations of Tony and Gordon and little more.

    As for these stats it is no real surprise and it is due to this complete imbalance that I first found HPC because houses are a real catylist for creating the wealth gap.

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  • george monsoon says:

    Is there another graph to show where all the Equity Release is happening…

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  • All these Nu labour hand outs have done is create a large pathetic under class with no hope or prospects living in lawless housing estates. They obviously thought getting these people back to work or contributing to society in some way wasn’t worth the effort and it was easier just to flood the country with slave labour from poor former eastern block countries to keep the economy going. The sad fact is that all these state hand outs instead of alleviating social problems actually reinforce the behaviour that is causing the problem in the first place.

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  • The last 10 years has been socially destructive. Unchecked asset inflation has delivered record levels of inequality and reduced social mobility.

    Only the rich get richer while the young can longer afford to have or raise a family.

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  • Sherlockhomes says:

    as far as records began, does that go back to serfdom or even earlier, unfortunately most of your lives were owned well before you were born, the trick was to get you into slavery without the shackles…they are too restrictive for agricultural labour but they would be okay for hi tech. a working class hero means nothing to me , something to be, normally im moderated out of comments as you see here today gone tomorrow!

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  • Who’d have though that The Tony and Gordon could have doen a better job than the Tories. The Foreign “investors”
    can’t get enough of those tax breaks. Monaco must be p1ssed.

    And they’ve got all those Enron syle PPIs flapping around for the PAYE slaves to pay off over the
    next 25 years.

    No wonder anyone in the City with a modicome of intelligence is off shoring everything but the kitchen sink.

    If you can’t beat em.

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    MrMickey…spot on!

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  • tipping point says:

    Excellent map nearly30

    Clearly shows the north south divide as well as the concentration around Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

    As for the Labour party, TB is a true Prince in the Machiavelli style however you can’t blaim him for every thing. Tebbit’s comment about getting on your bike sums it up for me. The trouble with this was that the majority of the bikes headed for the South East and the effect was a brain drain on the rest of the country.

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  • Denzil I do mean the labour part. I am lower working class and the only meaningful improvements in the last 60 years came from, and I hate to say it, the conservatives. The idealistic labour party was hijacked in the early days by the trendy middle classes who have no idea of working class needs. Nu labour is just labour coming out of the closet. Labour represents the working class in the same way as the communist party represents the people in china. Its all been a big con.

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  • Poor and rich divide. Remember the unions that everyone deserted??

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  • tipping point says:

    Well put daft boy. To use a term coined by on of France’s far right, we are governed by a bourgeoisie elite that do not have to live next door to the consequences of their actions.

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  • Yes you ask the ruling classes to live in a “muticultural area” and send their kids to a “multicultural school” and they’d Sh*t their pants.

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  • mrmicket – I couldn’t agree more.

    I’m getting in the mood for something drastic. Something that will wipe the smiles off all of these politicians.

    How about voting lib dem? Not for their policies, but because we are sick of labour and sick of David Cameron. So far the only good thing about GB, is he doesn’t remind me of teflon tony. However, cameron definately does.

    Lets make it a 3 horse race, or better yet: remove labour from the race entirely.

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  • yes MrMickey, they are thinking of changing school exam questions to relate to modern situations, something like

    “If Leroy stabs Bruno in the playground for disrepecting him and he loses a pint of blood, how many pints does he have left?” – 5 marks

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  • Good old labour have done what they do best and really screwed everything up.

    I can’t help thinking that the British people in general are like a herd of sheep. Why do we tolerate this incompetance in our government. People just seem to tolerate incompetance and guess what, despite all the mess that good old labour have created, they have gone way ahead in the opinion polls. This just proves to me how completely stupid people can be. By the way I am not politically biased for any major party – they all seem to cock it up in there own unique way. I can’y say that I am a fan of the French, but at least the French do something when they know the government are wrong eg if property prices were in France like they are in the UK they would be rioting in the streets and they would demand that the government gates the problem corrected like immediately.

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  • David20040_0 says:

    Vote Tory then and end this madness

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  • I think it’s down to individual greed the governement just gave everyone – even the poorer people – enough rope to hang themselves and they have. This isn’t all down to TB.

    feefifofum

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  • sold 2 rent 1 says:

    The US has the same wealth gap.
    Found this quote:
    http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/America/Wealth_Divide.html
    “Prior to that, there was a protracted period when wealth inequality fell in this country, going back almost to 1929. So you have this fairly continuous downward trend from 1929, which of course was the peak of the stock market before it crashed, until just about the mid-1970s. Since then, things have really turned around, and the level of wealth inequality today is almost double what it was in the mid-1970s.”

    More evidence of a k-cycle.

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