“The west is heading towards the "France" model….where 90% of the population rent for life, and property is held in in the family for generations as an income earner. I am holding on to all my property…anywhere I own it.”
“house prices rise forever? Can I point out that is exactly what they always have done?”
daneaubrun on Dec 10, 2013 at 09:08:53
“They crash from time to time and have to start again. The fact that the average prices are now about 10x the average salary suggests that communal mortgages will soon be necessary, and people know what a headache that is.”
“I don't swim against the tide anymore, my friend. I have a family to feed, and I will be damned before I let them go down. My business couldn't compete with China, so instead of hiring 20 locals, I hired 25 people in China. Unlike most of the 1% though, I do feel bad for my neighbours, and my country. Until people wake up, and start demanding changes, no point in pissing into the wind.”
“immigration = growth. The people stealing your jobs are in India and China.”
diaryofanobody on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:35:34
“Your very perceptive post is something entirely lost on lots of the Anti-Immigration folk.
What we are in actual fact experiencing is a quadruple-whammy.
Jobs are being exported abroad by the ton.( something that does not seem to register ) as the loss has been largely covered up by the creation of masses of jobs in the services area.
PLUS there is more competition for the jobs left in the UK.( which is the bit that seems to be getting the focus, possibly because it is more visible ).
PLUS jobs are being "hollowed out" via the rise in Technology which makes a lot of tasks Labour-Light ( witness the recent job losses in Banking etc. ).
PLUS UK/the West no longer has exclusive expertise in High Tech. Other Nations are catching up fast and maybe even over-taking us. We can no longer necessarily guarantee that the high-value-add jobs will always be done in the UK ( or the West, in general ).
We are going through a very real change in the Economic life of this country and it is important to understand it in its entirety and not just focus on just one element of concern.”
“Those of you who blame the UK immigrant population are totally wrong. Those poor slobs are simply competing for the same low wage jobs that are open to you. The paying jobs have all gone to China and India, where a highly educated and skilled engineer might make $100/week. The 1% have convinced the politicians…your politicians…to invest in jobs in China instead of the UK…and they are pocketing the difference. You and your politicians have simply been shitting in their own nest…and now they wonder why it is starting to stink.”
“uummm…it is the south pole. Didn't any of these bozo's ever read Cherry Gerrard, or Scott's journals? One thing you won't find on these stupid journies is team members from Northern Countries like Canada. They know better. They actually respect winter….and fear it.”
“My point is if they are on contract, employers should have to hire them as self-employed people.... thus giving the worker the greatest opportunity to maximize their earnings…because of the risk they take on of being let go. Most contract workers are not hired that way…they are put on payroll, and have to pay payroll taxes etc, they can't write off their car or gas, and they can't write off the home office.”