Friday, Oct 16, 2009

A further triumph for the Home-Owner-Ist Movement

Metro: Kirstie Allsopp set to join House of Lords

"She's advised countless people on the importance of location and now Kirstie Allsopp's possible new home couldn't be much grander... the House of Lords. The Channel 4 property guru is being lined up as one of dozens of new peers should David Cameron win next year's general election. According to leaked documents, the Conservative leader is looking to 'sprinkle stardust on the red benches'." House prices can only go up! Taxes on property must be reduced! All hail The Hallowed Greenbelt! When I was young I saved up a decent deposit! Taking out the biggest mortgage you can afford is the hallmark of a prudent and responsible citizen! (continued page 94)

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1. rumble said...

This is beyond a joke.

Friday, October 16, 2009 11:46AM Report Comment

2. Thenewdoctorwho said...

Now I'm in a right pickle. I had the election all planned out. I was going to vote for Uncle David, show 'ol one eye how displeased I was. Now DC has gone and done this. Need to read up on Nick Clegg I think.

Friday, October 16, 2009 11:54AM Report Comment

3. letsgetreadytotumble said...

Welcome to Loony Land. Used to be called Great Britain.
The Tories have now almost lost my vote. Only the sheer hatred of SnotGobbler may save it.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:01PM Report Comment

4. chrisa said...

Surely proof if any is still needed that had the Conservatives been in power over the last decade things would still have gone the same way with an artificially created housing bubble to keep the economic illusion going. Also leads one to suspect that should they get in in 2010 they would be little different to Liebour in keeping the bubble inflated.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:03PM Report Comment

5. mrflibble said...

There is always room for another clown in the UK Circus...

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:09PM Report Comment

6. neo-serf said...

I mean this really is the final straw.

I having an ordinary day but hearing this it has now plumbed to depths that I couldn't have imagined this morning.

"The 36-year-old Location, Location, Location star - daughter of Charles Henry, 6th Baron Hindlip" - you cannot write this stuff.

It gets better....

"A spokesman for the Conservatives described the list as 'pure speculation'" - exactly the f-ing thing that has got us into this mess.

The electorate are thick as mince and a huge amount of them will think this is progression.

I'm off - I have, for years, resisted saying it but really - I'm off. France or Canada - this place is doomed.

"Sprinkle the benches with stardust" - FFS - there must have been some dust sprinkled on your cornflakes to make this decision.

Words fail me.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:12PM Report Comment

7. cat and canary said...

....expect the house of Lord's oak furniture to be replaced by minimalist ikea-like interior, a new lick of egg-shell paint, fluffy cushions and a nice decking area overlooking the Thames

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:12PM Report Comment

8. neo-serf said...

Can someone please help me understand this....

Intelligence is a total impediment to social mobility in this country.

What are her credentials - a history of art course, a six week placement with some interior designer on the Kings Road and a gap year in India with Tabitha WingNut-Jockstrap-Smythe?

Can someone please help me digest this.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:22PM Report Comment

9. contrails are not a conspiracy (formerly npnh) said...

She’ll be more intolerable than ever if this happens.

Oh, and we’ll be paying her from our taxes. Joy.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:28PM Report Comment

10. jack c said...

"A spokesman for the Conservatives described the list as 'pure speculation'." - sadly like the entire UK property market.

I guess if she does join the Lords she will engineer a nice little consultancy job for Phil.

How about we all vote Crash Gordon at the next election - this will teach everyone a lesson (Labour included)

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:33PM Report Comment

11. crunchy said...

7. neo-serf said "What are her credentials"

What are the credentials of the existing shower including our Prime Minister and Darling for that matter?

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:40PM Report Comment

12. timmy t said...

Can't believe it's not April 1st. Can you believe that as a nation we are up to our eyeballs in recruitment legislation to ensure nobody is discriminated against and then some muppet like her could be given a job like this? Surely this must be illegal? If it isn't it should be.

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:44PM Report Comment

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14. nomad said...

It emphatically underlines that the Tories will take increasing house prices as one of their policy fundamentals.

Sergeant Fraser quote: "We're all doomed!"

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:52PM Report Comment

15. crunchy said...

11. timmy t said...some muppet like her could be given a job like this? Surely this must be illegal?

There have been worse placements and in higher office. How soon we forget!

Friday, October 16, 2009 12:54PM Report Comment

16. timmy t said...

Crunchy - come on - name one worse than that.

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:08PM Report Comment

17. nomad said...


Friday, October 16, 2009 01:13PM Report Comment

18. crunchy said...

Gordon (in via the back door) Brown?

He has been a far worse influence on our current state of affairs. You see the thing with Allsopp is that we can see what's coming before

the outset.

That's the biggest difference to me.

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:18PM Report Comment

19. timmy t said...

Crunchy - If we had a proper selection process for people in high office, GB, love him or hate him, would have had a better chance of passing the test. I've said for a long time that these people should be selected on ability and paid on results. Both Mandy and GB might have got through on ability but would not have earned much. Krusty wouldn't have passed the application stage.

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:27PM Report Comment

20. Joe Hammer said...

I wonder if she is only using this to flip houses with the designated second house rule of the lords.

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:28PM Report Comment

21. crunchy said...

18. timmy

Alan Sugar or Theo Paphitis for Prime Minister then.

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:35PM Report Comment

22. jack c said...

crunchy - Jeremy Kyle gets my vote with Clarkson for deputy

Friday, October 16, 2009 01:59PM Report Comment

23. phdinbubbles said...

So the son of Blair wants to sprinkle stardust at a time when the electorate is fed up with the cult of image and celebrity (or maybe it's just me!). What an appalling lack of insight. Surely it will just lead to the lunatic fringe filling the vacuum as mainstream politicians continue to fail to understand or address the concerns of huge swathes of the population. Beyond a joke indeed.

Friday, October 16, 2009 02:03PM Report Comment

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25. Priest_rocker said...

neo serf;
before going to France, google jean sarkozy EPAD

Friday, October 16, 2009 02:15PM Report Comment

26. mountain goat said...

MW this does not do you justice. This is rubbish. "leaked document" my foot. HousepriceCRASH should be renamed homelesshumiliation&selfflagellation. No wonder we have people on here every day saying they are going to leave the country.

Friday, October 16, 2009 02:18PM Report Comment

27. mark wadsworth said...

@ Mountain Goat:

a) The Tories appointed Kirsty as ex-officio housing spokeswoman/advisor over a year ago, that is a fact. Kirsty has appeared with Grant Shapps calling for SDLT to be scrapped, for example.

b) The idea appears to have been dreamed up by that 'image consultancy', which appears plausible, even if Dave Cam isn't thinking of doing it. Read the article.

Friday, October 16, 2009 02:22PM Report Comment

28. smugdog said...

If this is the one story today to get you guys twitching, then the HPC blog is most certainly over. I thought that it could just be a blip, but the news of late confirms we are now on a steady standing.
You guys have been really informative, but to resort to this now is becoming very funny.

Carry on by all means, but just don't take yourselves seriously any more, the game has come to a positive conclusion from where I view.

Friday, October 16, 2009 03:14PM Report Comment

29. Meltsheep said...

This has to be a windup! She should be barred from ever giving anyone financial advice ever again. A housing minister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FFS!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009 04:24PM Report Comment

30. cat and canary said...

@24 smugdog,

for a second i agreed with you, but now i see its just text book Bearishness from the HPCrashers!!!

The more the bubble inflates,
The more confident the bulls become,
The more garbage gets printed by the media,
The more believable idiots become and so get promoted into power!
The more the market seems to defy gravity
The more the vested interests coming crawling out of the woodwork.
The louder the cries of the bears,

..until pop!

then for a brief moment, the bears look like prophets and everyone marvels at us!

then it starts all over again:)

Friday, October 16, 2009 04:39PM Report Comment

31. mountain goat said...

Smugdog people who have been reading this blog for years have been through darker times at the peak of the hp boom. At the moment the debt money system is fighting back after it received a bloody nose last year. One requires patience and discipline to not capitulate and get sucked into the housing debt trap now. But it does us no good to post endless house price ramping articles so that we can all moan about how screwed up the world is. The debt mountain is imploding and further house price falls are inevitable. Those of us who have resisted getting sucked in will have the last laugh.

Friday, October 16, 2009 04:44PM Report Comment

32. greenshootsandleaves said...

Lighten up, smugdog! One has to have to have a break from EA-bashing (or in your case devil's advocacy, perhaps) every now and then!
Even if, having left this one out on the doorstep and seen so many cats sick up on it, it chooses to bury this one discreetly on Gruinard or some other suitable LOCATION, HM Opposition will still have provoked a belly laugh in most of us today. The sun is, if anything, shining even more brightly.

Friday, October 16, 2009 04:50PM Report Comment

33. crunchy said...

Smugdog, It is soon to be Friday night, so may I make a formal apology for the HPCer's who have so irresponsibly decided to hit the

cheap Chapagne a tad prematurely, perhaps due to the lack of streaming news of a more robust and challenging nature.

Please also feel free at our moment of weakness to join us in our celebration of the soon to be and long awaited final financial destruction

of the housing market, which will be brought upon us by the very institutions that we have given life support to over the honeymoon period

of this bonuses fuelled non crises. May I raise my glass to Kirsty, Phil, Stuart, and all participants in the opposing team that will make

this moment far more entertaining than it would otherwise be. Smugdog you may raise your dish to a more sober and steady standing

HPC, but I will toast to some future fun, laughter and ribbing. Have a good weekend and may you never catch us twitching or failing to

stand steady before due time.


Friday, October 16, 2009 05:05PM Report Comment

34. charlie brooker said...

And there was us all thinking we'd seen the last of the Big Brother house . . . .

Scene from Back to the Future:

Doc: So tell me futureboy, who's president of the United States in 1985?
Marty: Ronald Reagan.
Doc: Ronald Reagan, the actor? ha! Then who's vice president? Jerry lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman is the first lady.
Marty: Whoa wait Doc.
Doc: And Jack Benny is the secretary of the treasury!

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:11PM Report Comment

35. shining wit said...

Just got back from 14 days house hunting in France. Been looking at many houses including a 5 bedroom house in the country, with a great barn to convert and another outbuilding to turn into either a workspace or gite and 2.8 acres of garden and woods for just under £200k. It's an old property that was modernised in the 80s and just needs a good wash and scrub up. Good roof and windows and total taxation of just under £500k a year. Hardly seen any litter, haven't seen a hood, let alone a hoodie, and the only bummer of the whole trip (2nd-15th october) was that I forgot to bring my shorts and sun screen.

And I come back to this total and utter oblocks! (Ex) Hereditory peers daughters are going to be given positions of influence in a non elected chamber and I see muslim demonstrators with placards saying "Islam will dominate the world - Freedom can go to hell" - Someone pass me a bucket, I think that Britiannia's about to chunder !

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:15PM Report Comment

36. shining wit said...

I cant be bothered to wait around for the UK house prices to crash. As they say in France, merde !

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:17PM Report Comment

37. crunchy said...

Fait accompli !

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:32PM Report Comment

38. smugdog said...

Crunchy and SW, precisely! The end!

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:41PM Report Comment

39. smugdog said...

Greenshoots, yes the sun still shines, just take your blinkers off and look around, it's stll a beautiful world out there. Happy weekend to you all.

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:46PM Report Comment

40. quiet guy said...


It's a quiet news day. There will be lots more. Personally, I don't expect to see anything big happen until well after the election.

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:55PM Report Comment

41. smugdog said...

Talking of a "Carry On" from you guys, did you realise, that Sid James was actually South African and didn't leave his country till 33 years of age, so the Telegraph told me today? Well I never!. Just as entertaining as Krusty I suppose!. Be lucky!

Friday, October 16, 2009 05:56PM Report Comment

42. cat and canary said...


are you here just to poke fun at bloggers, or are you here for serious debate?

there are some pretty smart people using this site, would be a shame to waste such an opportunity for serious debate wouldn´t it?

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:02PM Report Comment

43. smugdog said...

Catary@37, I'm serious, the best people are "ON THIS SITE", but some of you guys do get bogged down at times. I use you, I gauge you. You are very most helpful, please do "Carry On".

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:05PM Report Comment

44. scandinavian pessimist said...

To those of you who wants to leave UK and try to find somewhere cheaper to live:

It will cost you just under £100,000 for 6 rooms + kitchen (213 square metres), recently renovated with 1015 square metre of garden. Its about 30min drive from Malmo, Swedens third biggest city. And you don't need to cope with those annoying French...

There you go, job done. Let me know how you get on.

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:16PM Report Comment

45. cat and canary said...

@38 smugdog, allright, we´ll carry on then! for what purpose are you ´gauging us?´

@39.... great idea...but you missed the most important selling point .... swedish girls!:) especially in Stockholm!!

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:23PM Report Comment

46. crunchy said...

I think smugdog would prefer a Swedish Lapphund in stockings. lol

Only joking!!

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:38PM Report Comment

47. cat and canary said...

@41 hahahaha... perhaps smugdog is really Keith Laird from Phoenix Nights :D

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:44PM Report Comment

48. clockslinger said...

Fook me! Is this what passes for "stardust" these days? Presumably Tory spokesman has just been made to watch several hours of X Factor and I'm A Celebrity to get him up to speed on "celebrities" ...especially ones with Tory credentials. Baron Harelip must be laughing into his Margeaux.

Friday, October 16, 2009 06:57PM Report Comment

49. mander said...

No point appointing her as adviser because she could not see the big picture: "the whole world against propping up property prices". UK will be alone in this. House prices going up will make people lazy and future generations will not tolerate it having to pay for the elder speculation.

Friday, October 16, 2009 07:19PM Report Comment

50. smugdog said...

You are my barometer HPC, I thank you all for what I am today.

Friday, October 16, 2009 08:24PM Report Comment

51. Redbullish said...

How are we going to get out of this mess, out of the fire.....

There must be a better option?

Friday, October 16, 2009 08:24PM Report Comment

52. nubbers said...

If this happens, I'm emigrating.

Friday, October 16, 2009 09:20PM Report Comment

53. devo said...

45. smugdog said... You are my barometer HPC, I thank you all for what I am today

And all that you will be. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009 10:27PM Report Comment

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