tom1832

tom1832

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130 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Rosalind Beck: Why the... · 3 replies · +1 points

I'd be interested in what % of new developments were financed by landlords. Do you have any figures?

130 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Rosalind Beck: Why the... · 5 replies · +1 points

You're confusing landlords with builders/developers.

130 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Rosalind Beck: Why the... · 6 replies · +1 points

Private landlords 'adding more than two million new homes to the housing stock'. I had no idea that private landlords built all their properties themselves. Impressive if true.

Also, regarding the straw poll of landlords you undertook: I'm not sure how much value this has. Benefit claimants aside, landlords often don't know much about their tenants' circumstances, their careers, their goals in life. The idea that they would have a good knowledge of whether their tenants would want to 'settle down' (especially if they have an average of 20 properties like your straw poll) strikes me as highly unlikely.

157 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Syria. MPs to argue ab... · 0 replies · +1 points

The govt is not negligent in highlighting the issues you cite. Neither are the press. The fact is it simply doesn't stick. Real-world issues trump moral windbaggery every time.

Unable to revive/reform the economy in any sustained way, western governments are toying with authoritarianism and warmongering as a distraction, with Russia the chosen baddie

160 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Miles Holder: What the... · 1 reply · +1 points

Maybe you're right, but I have a feeling it is one of those conditions that are particularly characteristic of a certain era. A but like female hysteria in the 19th century or neurosis in the 20th century, maybe these things rise and fall.

160 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Miles Holder: What the... · 5 replies · +1 points

Autism is a fascinating subject and really makes you think. For example, can anyone adequately explain the constantly rising numbers of people with autism in our society? Has it always been there but underdiagnosed? Do we allow psychiatry and psychology too much power in labelling people? Is it a case of diagnosis-creep? Is it a social problem manifested through the individual? It is a consequence of powerlessness, of rampant individualism? It is a consequence of our economy's demand for soft, social skills leaving those without such skills bereft? Of course these questions will rarely be debated in public discourse.

160 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: There's ... · 2 replies · +1 points

Let's face it, Corbyn will forge the new consensus, like Attlee did after 1945.

160 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: There's ... · 1 reply · +1 points

Unfortunately I detect a trend among Tories to fall back on rhetoric as a substitute for action of any kind. You hear people saying we should 'make the case for capitalism', Chris Grayling saying we should 'warn people about 1970s socialism' and now we should 'make more of our economic achievements'. This is weak stuff. Rhetoric needs to be accompanied by some real-world improvements in people's day to day lives. People cannot live on Milton Friedman books, CapX articles or treasury press releases.

160 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: There's ... · 0 replies · +1 points

You are conflating 'the economy' with 'balancing the books'. I'm afraid that if you lift up the lid, the real economy is in poor shape. When it comes to the big strategic things (productivity, r&d, upskilling, shocking regional disparities, overreliance on overheating housing prices and the City) we have failed.

162 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Oliver Freeston: Labou... · 0 replies · +1 points

One word: Northampton