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  1. I think as Baz says, being a landlord is probably no bed of roses. And whilst I agree with Paul that landlords choose to do that job, just as most of us have chosen to do a job, it doesn't mean that they are also greedy whatsits. Landlords are just people who are prepared to take risks. We do have Maggie to thank for inculcating the idea of home ownership for all, and for allowing the majority of the council housing stock to be sold. Actually, if it wasn't for the private rented sector, where would people live? I have lived in rented accomodation in the past-of variable standards and with variable landlords.
  2. Ye Gods! and I thought it was us women who were saving the planet!
  3. All of the Lib Dem MPs voted to end the John Lewis list. They asked the Conservatives to join them to win the vote, but for some reason the Conservatives declined.
  4. Young people are not only our future - they're our present. We need people of all ages, gender, culture etc to truly represent the community. Shame about the choice of party, but hey, people change their minds throughout life. Go for it guys!
  5. Obviously every situation is different, but the Gary Newlove tragedy was actually rare. Its kids who are most at risk from other kids. All I'm saying is that at one time most of us would have said something to young people being stupid, now most of us wouldn't, due to the largely mistaken belief that we would be attacked. And yes, I have spoken to groups of kids being stupid - I emphasise spoken to them, not confronted them.
  6. I was with the all the way until you went Cameron-esque at the end!
  7. I can understand that people are sometimes worried about saying anything to groups of young people, but if none of us do, it just confirms to them that adults either don't care about the community or that we're scared of them. If the police also don't/can't arrive to sort it out is it any wonder that some young people carry on doing just as they like?
  8. There are no short, trite answers to an incredibly complex issue. Showing respect for childhood, supporting all parents, making schooling responsive to the needs of pupils, more youth service/leisure provision, more police on the streets - the list goes on. A bit of joined up thinking really!
  9. Well said Obs. I think many people who bought off plan and have nose dived into despair due to the financial crash would be delighted to sell their property to the Council, or Housing Association. There are problems though. A lot of empty property are flats - often tiny and frankly not well built, so they would be a poor long term investment for the Council. Plus, lenders won't allow owners to sell if they can't redeem the mortgage - they would rather repossess.
  10. Eagle, your comment is lost on me, but I think you're being deliberately obtuse. Baz - WHERE did you get that avatar?? Its great! There was a sign on the M5, around Gloucester, for some years that had a picture of an overturned caravan alongside the number of recorded accidents involving vehicles towing caravans each year. The number of such accidents decreased significantly, one assumes because a) drivers towing drove more responsibly, and the rest of us gave caravans an even wider berth!
  11. You mean someone reads Gman's posts? They're interesting but far too long. I've given up. Please be more concise G!
  12. Well not sure about the cold calling signs (sounds a bit odd) but the accident blackspot/casualties/warning signs have been around for years in other parts of the country. They can be quite useful for people who don't actually know the road - just makes them proceed with a bit of extra caution, and that can't be a bad thing.
  13. I guess considering the obscene sum that smoking costs the NHS, the ?12.50 a week could be money well spent - if it worked, which is probably unlikely. People smoke for all sorts of reasons and if money alone could cure addicts, we wouldn't have any! Glad you're fairly happy Paul! I'm eternally happy. Whenever I start to feel sorry for myself I think of all the people, in this country and around the world who struggle every day just to stay alive. Soon makes me feel thankful for what I've got.
  14. Don't be put off by some of this lot Jonathan - they knock everything to do with the council - and probably would whoever was running it! You have chosen to try to improve and challenge from within, which is great. Top of my list would be providing universal support for all parents, and targeted support for some. The problems with teenage drinking etc aren't caused by young people, they have their roots in parenting styles. After that I would like a rail link to connect Bankquay and Central, cheaper bus fares and more free, supervised, indoor and outdoor community facilities for children and young people.
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