Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How John Prescott wasted £2.2bn

Prescott’s pointless housing policy

Why has the government been turfing people out of their homes and knocking down perfectly sound houses? It's all down to the Pathfinder scheme - possibly the most ill-thought-out policy this Government has ever introduced.

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20 thoughts on “How John Prescott wasted £2.2bn

  • It is maybe not widely known that Prescott based his plans on Robert Mugabe’s Operation Murambatsvina (Drive out the Rubbish) which cleared 200,000 people from shanty towns around Harare. The effects have been similar.

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  • Every scheme that NeuLiebor has ever come up with has more to do with Spin, PR and looking good on the BBC News than actually achieving anything or paying for a good job to be done. Most are underfunded and quietly left to die so they can move onto the the next good wheeze to fool the reality tv / soap watching / take-a-break reading plebs (sorry Labour voters).

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  • “..because the government was horrified that houses were selling for as little as 5000 pounds…”

    Perhaps this is firm evidence of the Governments’ intention all along to ramp up house prices with the express goal of achieving the feel good factor which sent most Britons borrowing and spending

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  • Oh I thought I would not see this man’s name again.. wishful thinking.. he really should have been a butler. Natural progression for a waiter. A man who represented the working class, a union representative.. typical lefty, sniff the table cloth of power and there you go, I’m no longer one of those working class, never was.. The problem with socialists and their utopian ideals and politically correct values.. it is only when they’re alright jack, that these values go out of the window. And then comes the dillusions of granduer and yet another example of waste from what will go down in history as the United Kingdom’s dabble with Neo Socialism.

    A lesson, we must learn from in the future. Margaret T once said there is “there is no such thing as society”. To give her credit, at least she said it. These deceptive sales people (New Labour) should be done for mis-selling or prosecuted at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

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  • To understand why this was even considered in the first place, try looking up who was lobbying for it and who were the VI’s.

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  • You’ve got to laugh really. New Labour are incredible and I salute them.

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  • the northerner living in oz says:

    Sound like New Labour,s chickens are comming home to roost.

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  • dohousescrashinthewoods says:

    farenheit, do you have the answer? It’s not that I’m catching up on my Helo! subscription, but Virgin Media have fluffed my Internet connection and it’s running at sub-dialup speeds (~3k/s)

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  • tyrellcorporation says:

    Prezzer’s like an anti-Midas – everything he touches turns to sh*te!

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  • The WW2 Pathfinder squadrons dropped flares on areas that were to be totally flattened by bombers. Moneyweek is right: they should have been providing good well paid work where there was cheap housing.Their strategy was to facilitate the migration or workers to the South-east where they could n’t afford a roof over their heads, especially as they had sold cheap only to buy dear.This differential betweeen house prices in places with no work and places with high wages is enough to ensure that countries with the most owner occupation have the most unemployment.Most people rented privately in the heyday of industrialism.

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  • >>ill-thought-out policy

    I really struggle to find anything that has improved the UK in the ten years of Labour rule.

    One thing Labour (Brown) has successfully achieved is stealth taxation. To be a 40% tax payer 10 years ago meant earning a fair crust now many people have been absorbed into that bracket because the threashold has not risen accordingly.
    As for the stamp paid on property purchases the coffers must be bursting at the seams considering the incredible inflation witnessed over the last 9 years. And, inheritence tax, don’t get me started on that one.

    In the main I would not mind if the quality of living was high in the UK, sadly it is not.

    When I hear of stories of Northern Rock and also tales of details of people being lost because a computer disk containing the details of millions of people was sent in the post and subsequently lost one could be mistaken for thinking one was hearing stories about some kind of banana republic but in reality it’s indicative of the sham this nation has become.

    Yes, I know this is deviating from the post but reading this post is just so typical Labour. Completely F-ing useless.

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  • The incompetence of this Government is hard to believe. Written as a work of fiction, publishers would refuse to publish it because it is too unbelieveable. Which European country is currently without a Government? I think we should try that in the UK too!

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  • Has anyone considerd that this may have been something beginning with F which may or may not require an element of dishonesty.

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  • It would just be nice if there was some justice – Pratscott didn’t deserve his salary and he sure as hell doesn’t deserve his pension – but as we, the taxpayers, have to keep shelling out to pay for his mistakes, we are also having to shell out for his pension. So instead of being made to spend his retirement reflecting on the error of his ways, he can stick 2 fingers up at the people who pay for his Jags and he probably tells himself he did a lot of great things in his career. No justice. It’s the stuff that revolutions are made of…

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  • enuii,

    I don’t think Labour voters would mind.

    ‘Labour voter’s’, after all, havn’t had a Labour party to vote for since the 70’s.

    ‘New’ Labour are an incompetent and fraudulent abomination, representing the interests of Landlords, religious Conservatives, foreign Capital (ists) and US Empire.

    Hardly the bedfellows of choice for the ‘Left’ and I would guess that few to the left of Dick Cheney could possibly mourn their imminent passing.

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  • Fedupwithhouseprices says:

    Why don’t we revolt and strike like the French do?

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  • John “The Maelstrom” Prescott or just “Dangerous” to his friends. All we need now is Hitler to be reincarnated or Stalin to be resurrected, oh I forgot, he is living in number 10,

    Incidentally, to show how backward we have now become as a nation. I heard on 5Live today that our fishermen are throwing fish which is perfectly edible back in the sea and importing cod stocks from Iceland. Surely a biblical tale of miraculous proportion, kamikaze fish.

    When is this bloody circus finally going to leave town!

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  • hear hear tick tock. We shouldn’t confuse the two.

    Particularly when it comes to which ones get hanged by the neck.

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  • 1. Why does it cost £18000 to knock down a house in Toxteth? I used to live there many years ago, and as I recall, the locals used to be able to do it cheerfully for nothing.

    2. The reason why the government has promoted demolition over renovation, is simply because its construction and development/speculation chums can make much bigger profits.

    3. Given the £1000,0000,000 on the Millennium Dome; the £3,000,000,000 in Iraq; the £26,000,000,000 on Northern Rock, the Railtrack fiasco – and others too numerous to recall – I think we’ve actually got off easy here. He could have claimed a meals allowance.

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