Monday, Sep 30, 2013

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The Speccy: What’s good about Help to Buy? It will make young people Conservatives

When people my age (I’m in my early twenties) hear that I work in Westminster there are two common reactions: either their eyes glaze over or I get an earful about uni fees, wages or once from an artist, during an otherwise pleasant dinner, an hour-long rant about cuts to the arts. But this time, Sam was excited by a politics that was speaking his language and a policy that would help him get out of the room he rents for £600 a month somewhere in Zone 2.

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1. mark wadsworth said...

That is a pen name used by Harry Enfield when he writes satire.

"when you’re not saving or paying a mortgage you’re unlikely to take an interest in the key issues that decide elections."

That's how dismissive the Tories are of normal people who go to work and live month by month, especially if you are a scummy tenant.

Monday, September 30, 2013 01:34PM Report Comment

2. Dill said...

Iain Martin (Telegraph) adopts a refreshing slice of truth telling:

Help to Buy is nuts

It's all good, but this, in particular, stands out:

Earlier today, a former RBS banker who loomed large in the financial crisis emailed me from the US with an observation about the British debate on debt and housing and the last financial crisis.
"The problem was not the symptoms like securitisation, CDOs, or CDS. The core of global financial problems (still unsolved, and likely to recur) is the mistaken belief that homes are a special wealth-creating asset category, warranting unbridled, unaffordable, and publicly subsidised debt."


Monday, September 30, 2013 01:52PM Report Comment

3. mountain goat said...

"It will make young people Conservatives" as opposed to the other government (i.e. tax-payer subsidized) approach, social housing, which makes people Lefty's (Nevertheless, it is significant that of all the demographic sub groups analysed the only one where any party got more than 50% of the vote was Labour support amongst those in social housing.).

Monday, September 30, 2013 02:44PM Report Comment

4. khards said...

@mark - What do the Tories think of Carney then? He is a 'rented' renter as they are renting him from Canada and he rents a house.

Monday, September 30, 2013 03:18PM Report Comment

5. mark wadsworth said...

No Khards, we taxpayers pay half a million quid a year to rent a house for him. That looks like a subsidy to landowners to me, so Carney is Top Man as far as some lucky landowner is concerned. Carney is equivalent to about a thousand Housing Benefit claimants.

Monday, September 30, 2013 03:30PM Report Comment

6. Nnails said...

it makes me vote ukip

Monday, September 30, 2013 04:12PM Report Comment

7. libertas said...

No, only temporarily. Young folk will soon see that house prices are soaring because of this scheme, before they get a chance, layered on top of extortionate student debt.

Monday, September 30, 2013 09:58PM Report Comment

8. letthemfall said...

Doesn't sound very satirical to me Mark. Seems like a short description of tabloid Britain.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:13AM Report Comment

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