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  1. Budget - hit or miss ?

    Don't suppose the Chancellor had a lot of elbow room, but can't understand why the Tories are so fixated on home ownership, when the reality is that most youngsters simply cannot afford to get on the housing ladder. Surely the answer is to build a shed load of cheap rented "council" apartments, in order to increase supply and sate demand, which should reduce price inflation in the market generally. According to one news report, now is an ideal time to borrow, so perhaps he should give Councils the green light to get on with it ? The other positive he seems to be doing, is legislating to stop developers from holding land banks, and if Councils are given powers to CPO such land at the original market price, perhaps existing permissions on brown field sites, will reduce developer pressures on the green belt ?
  2. The Despot is dead -

    - long live the (new) Despot. Magabe goes after running his economy into the ground and allegedly commiting HR crimes along the way; but who's going to replace him ? His one time vice-President, equally complicit in his alleged crimes and destructive policies, fully supported by the Zanu PF Party. And is it possible that the opposition politicians will offer anything better in terms of democracy and anti-corruption ? So perhaps the euphoria is premature ?
  3. Thinking it through ?

    The adequacy or otherwise of enforcement should be part of the original concept; like many other ideas, they fail due to a lack of resources (EG - UKBF).
  4. Thinking it through ?

    Seems we're heading out on a tangent with this one; the answer lies in the tax take, or rather lack of it. The new system has brought a three fold increase in evasion, so we can reasonably conclude that it is less fit for purpose than the old system.
  5. Thinking it through ?

    Well there's those traffic wardens for a start.
  6. Thinking it through ?

    Think they were relying on number plate recognition systems Asp; which don't appear to be working; the old fashioned human eye seems to be a surer way of displaying payment. Mind you, there's a question mark nowadays over who's paid for insurance or who even holds a licence.
  7. Thinking it through ?

    When politicians think up a new policy, do they ever consider the probable consequences of their innovations ? First we have the example of the scrapping of the vehicle tax disc, which has evidently resulted in a tripling of tax evasion and the loss of £millions to the Treasury. Then we have the imposition of a tax on cheap alcoholic drinks by the Scottish Gov; surely a no brainer to assume the Jocks will start loading up in England or distilling their own illegally ?
  8. Travel ?

    Stand corrected Con, but wasn't the "Shah" some time ago, prior to the current Theocracy ?
  9. Travel ?

    Seems HMG are preparing to pay Iran £450 million for the release of the Radcliffe woman, which suggests she was on more than a holiday.
  10. Travel ?

    Prefer being on board a ship Diz. I raised the issue due to the hoo-hah in Parliament over the Radcliffe woman. Now Boris may be a buffoon, but I'm guessing his mistake was repeating publicly what his civil servants had told him privately. The Iranians aren't on the best of terms with us at the moment, so will no doubt be paranoid about dual nationals importing western ideas into their country. The other one that's current, is the woman arrested for taking tramadol into Egypt for her Egyptian boyfriend; I wasn't aware Egyptians could get free prescriptions on the NHS.
  11. Firework Displays

    Anachronistic - attribution of a custom to a period it does not belong; out of harmony with the period. In this case, the burning of an effigy of a Catholic terrorist. H&S is a generator of paperwork (albeit necessary in some cases), and in volumes that may be considered as bumff. Gun salutes don't occur all year round, being reserved for official occasions under official and professional supervision. As any war is a place of exploding ordnance and loud bangs, it would seem an appropriate environment for lovers of loud bangs. Finally, I don't consider myself to be a fish in any pond, just offering a point of view, take it or leave it. .
  12. Travel ?

    Having relatives there, probably makes such a visit even more risky.
  13. Brexit's losers -

    And the latest is: that MPs will get to vote on the final Brexit deal, assuming there is one. So, if they vote against the deal, we leave without a deal, which could be better. With 27 other countries, plus the EU Parliament having to do the same, is it possible they'll actually agree a "deal" before time runs out ?
  14. Travel ?

    Would you go to Iran, Egypt or N/Korea for a holiday ?
  15. Firework Displays

    Sorry too Aga: but I too question this anachronistic fest, and if it's to be, then it needs to be carried out safely, hence the H&S bumff. Seems fireworks are now used on all sorts of occasions, so can be heard at any time of the year; whilst the visual aspects may be entertaining, I fail to understand the need for loud bangs, and would recommend fans holiday in Syria, where they will no doubt enjoy such noise.