Saturday, February 9, 2008

London helps Wales to prosper.

Hat-trick of good news hints Valleys on the up

The Institute of Welsh Affairs unveiled research showing that fewer people are moving out of the Valleys. In fact, the low house prices are attracting individuals and families priced out of the capital – a trend which can only continue as rail and road links improve. As Wales is funded from Westminster according to population instead of being based on need, this could have a noticeable affect on Wales' prosperity and house prices.

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9 thoughts on “London helps Wales to prosper.

  • Finally, people are realizing that outside of our glorious capital there is electricity, running water, roads, high literacy levels, food and medical supplies. In fact, outside of London the hospitals have more doctors than translators and even a lowly worker on a ridiculous amount of 20k a year can afford somewhere to live.

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  • When I first posted this article I assumed “the capital” was referring to London, but now I’ve read it again I’m not so sure. I think it’s actually Cardiff.

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  • how times have changed…
    We’re fools to stay in a place like this. In Treorchy there’s electric light. Just put your finger on the switch and the place lights up . . Turn on the tap in the scullery and there’s plenty of water . . . There. are pavements to walk on … The street lamps are on all night. There are plenty of picture-houses for somebody to have some fun. If you haven’t any dinner ready you just send the children round to the Bracchi (Italian) shop for fish and chips. On Saturday there are cheap trips to Cardiff. Oh yes, we’re mugs to hang around here.

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  • New_Order ….. your ridiculous amount of £20k per year is well over the average wage of people living in these areas. A good proportion (around 10% nationally but higher in deprived areas) are on 35 hours times minimum wage, i.e. around £8,400 a year after tax (£700 per month). Try and live off that!

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  • Sorry Uncle Chris.

    However, I must state that people can live on your quoted amount if they cooked their own meals, used public transport, fixed things instead of buying new, consumed only the recommended amount of food per day, did not drink and smoke, and they would all be better off for it, finanically and in terms of community spirit. That’s not what I call deprived.

    Think about it Chris. Why do we all need our own cars, power tools, gym equipment, garden furniture, kitchen utensils, stationary, washing machines? Can’t we share with our neighbours? All consumer capitalism has done has created a food chain in which the people you are sticking up for have been placed at the bottom.

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  • Hmmm yes, I will move to an area where wages are always significantly below the natoinal average. I also want to move to an area with no industry. Sounds great to me, oh wait I already live in Devon which is going to collapse just as bad as the Valleys.

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  • @new order.

    Actually Edinburgh has a scheme where you can cheaply book and rent a community car. It’s an alternative for those who need a car occasionally rather than bus.

    Being part of a church, we tend to help each other out anyway and pass on outgrown children’s clothing.

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  • Last_days_of_disco says:

    Ah yes, good old fashioned British “christian socialism”. In a way I miss it a lot, there is something to be said for it except it sort of went wrong and got out of control. Now we have the bizarre result that the Tories seem to be the only people standing up for our parliament to decide anything important.

    Its utterly weird to me to see the Labour party slavishly pushing the EU line (hoping for handouts from the German taxpayer, eh?) while a bunch of rich guys spluttering at the treachery of it all. I find that deeply funny but also quite disturbing. The people who should have been building the kind of society we are talking about here, where normal folks can live quietly, mind their own business and *afford a house*, have become Wolves in sheep’s clothing. The plain old Wolves are more trustworthy.

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  • Have you ever been to Treorchy? Just keep driving through would be my advice, awful place.

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