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  1. Houses

    No doubt and I've talked about that plenty of times on here and how deficient we've been in this respect for many a year. This policy won't help anyone but people going through now, giving them a bit of change to buy furniture, this time next year it will be ineffective. Similarly another bout of Help to Buy is absolutely bonkers. They've acknowledged a housing crisis and done bugger all about it so far, Javid's initial white paper seems to have been long forgotten which is a shame because it wasn't bad. I know Hammond said Javid was doing some other stuff but it will likely never really happen. Again I agree, and have never said anything different and I outlined things I might do previously. But it's chicken and egg, you need people in productive places now but it'd be useful to make other areas more productive so people don't end up all in one place. It's going to be hard no matter what the government do to disrupt London's gravitational pull.
  2. Houses

    The South East and London has 17m people, roughly a quarter of the population and is comfortably the most productive area of the country. It makes absolute sense to try and help people get on the property ladder here (not that this policy will).
  3. Net Neutrality

    Actually never mind, I'll continue being completely oblivious about the issue tbh.
  4. Net Neutrality

    Yeah really useful, thanks. Prior to 2015, when net neutrality was incorporated in US law there didn't seem to be much of an issue with the absence of net neutrality. Therefore, I don't see how it will be any different now. But hey why try and educate someone otherwise when you can use pointless emojis and some expletive ridden vitriol.
  5. Net Neutrality

    Don't understand the fuss, the internet survived peefectly well before net neutrality was implemented in 2015. I also don't understand why Netflix should get away with paying exactly the same as everyone else given at its busiest it takes up to 37% of US bandwidth and has a massive turnover.
  6. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    The OBR has already said it will raise prices and will therefore be more beneficial to current homeowners than first time buyers
  7. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Just bin stamp duty altogether ffs
  8. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    M&G is a major player in the bond market - so this does suggest there is appetite in the City for the UK to borrow more. I had an interview with M&G last year where I actually talked about something similar to direct the foreign aid budget into a SWF for global projects. Safe to say I made a complete hash of my idea though I'm not sure on this exactly though
  9. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    The thing is, I feel the next election will be determined by how much of the Conservative reputation for fiscal competence remains (whether it's justified or not). They didn't make enough of it in the last election but I do remember someone saying May has never cared much for economics. Assuming we go the full term, there is a decent probability of a recession prior to that election. And not a Brexit-induced one, but possibly another global financial crisis. Start of 2021 seems a decent bet for one and it will be doubly messy with EU transitional agreements coming to an end etc. If the Conservatives have economic credit still in the bank, they'll walk it, if voters think enough of this bullshit they've sold us for the last 11 years, it hasn't worked, then they won't. It's entirely possible their economic credit can't sink below that of Corbyn's for many people, even if his response to it was bang on. And then it will also come down to how much Brexit gets blamed for it because voters are obviously more likely to punish the Conservatives for that, despite the fact it will probably better to be as far from Europe as possible if a new financial crisis hits.
  10. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    It's budget day, the only half interesting day in politics. Probably the most difficult budget for a few years. Given Hammond isn't the most politically savvy I expect he'll drop a bollock somewhere. Will probably not contain much substance tbh. More interested in McDonnell's response, not that it will beat him waving Mao's little red book around in parliament.
  11. Champions League 2017/18

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42077273 Can't even imagine what that team talk must have been like.
  12. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    You choose to buy it. If you go to Ikea then expect to get horrible, cheap shit, you can't really moan about it after the event. Truth is you liked the price and got what you paid for
  13. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Okay yeah that was a little disingenuous to say. You are correct. But there is a distinct diffuculty for women to climb to the top, there's a whole paper by a couple of Swedish academics that studies why the US, UK, Germany, and France, are far better for having women executives and managers, particularly in the private sector. But yeah fair, certainly isn't a bad place to be a woman.
  14. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    👈 Surely it's this way?
  15. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Except there are now massive problems with this in Sweden and the tide is beginning to turn against such a strong welfare state. Parts of Malmo are really struggling. Particularly as a lot of immigrants are getting trapped in poverty and the effect this is having on the city; the Nordic countries really aren't places you want to be if you're in a minority or a woman in fact. The functioning of their system relies on a homogenous population and a strong shared culture. Yep a lot the success of the Nordic countries came because they liberalised early on, moved out of poverty and had a strong market economy. The socialist governments did some good things but the reforms of the 90s to liberalise the economy again were much needed and can be cited as a reason for current 'success'. Stockholm's startup success is interesting to analyse, certainly one of the reasons for it is the strong safety net provided by the welfare state but also the strong business environment provided. I don't see anything from Corbyn that would replicate anything like Scandinavia, Spotify would probably have been nationalised by now. One thing I find amazing is lefties cream themselves over Scandinavia, but analyse Sweden's health system and it uses a lot more of the private sector than we do. For example, its acceptable for private companies to run hospitals for the state but in this country 95% of people would be crying at the privatisation of our great institution. Anyone half interested in the Nordic system should read Debunking Utopia. I don't expect everyone to agree and it's fair to pull the points apart but at least it makes you think. A Scandinavian economist once said to Friedman, 'We have no poverty in Scandinavia', to which Friedman replied, 'that's interesting because amongst Scandinavians in America, we have no poverty either'. The author builds on this to show Scandinavians in America have higher living standards than their cousins back home. And it's not because the wealthy migrated as Scandinavian migrants to America tended to be the poorer.