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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 01 Aug 2019, 08:15

Me too until I was 11. Then my parents bought their first house.

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Post by johnds » 01 Aug 2019, 08:39

I started life in a pre-fab just after the war
Progressed to a council house around 1950
Bought my own small bungalow in the early seventies
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Post by Manoverboard » 01 Aug 2019, 09:20

I also lived in a Council House until I left home aged 18 for pastures new, my dad eventually bought their house in the 80s.

Thanks for the heads up Screwy I will record it on Catch up :thumbup: .

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Post by barney » 01 Aug 2019, 09:51

It was very interesting and confirmed what I have thought and said for years.

Good social housing is the bedrock of society.

Everything else flows from having a secure home.

That is why I was so very disappointed when Blair took over and didn't stimulate the building of social housing.
I've nothing against right to buy, but only if they are replaced like for like.

As this forums token leftie, if I had one piece of advice for Johnson, it would be to announce a massive program of social house building (and see it through)
A guaranteed vote winner in my opinion.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 01 Aug 2019, 09:57

The last few posts indicate the problem with council/social housing. In the past it was the norm for many people and we are fine examples of that. Since more and more people can afford their own houses that's left those who can't in the social housing. That's shifted the socio-economic balance. Most people in social housing are still wonderful people - just not so well off. But the new balance means the proportion of scum bags is higher, affecting everyone else who lives there. Well that's my answer. I must watch the programme now to see if they agree!

p.s. I agree with Barnie. There needs to be a big investment in this area. That will solve the housing crisis and help to restore the balance of families in social housing.

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Post by barney » 01 Aug 2019, 10:13

Thatcher's idea of selling off council stock was purely political.

Private home owners are more inclined to vote Tory, that is an absolute fact.

Where she took it too far was not enabling councils to replace the sold off stock, thus denying deserving people a secure home.
Council house tenants are more likely to vote Labour, so her policy was choke it off at the source.

Pure ideology, and a sinister one at that.

Even 'scumbags' have the right to a decent roof over their heads.

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Post by david63 » 01 Aug 2019, 10:19

To start a policy of building social housing is a medium to long term solution whereas if the authorities were to buy (funding obviously being provided) existing empty/for sale proprieties that could ease the situation almost overnight. The problem with that approach is that they are not the properties that many want. There is this notion that if you are having a house today that it has to be a brand shiny new (preferably detached) house - not a 1930's mid terrace.

If councils were to buy "used stock" this would also have the benefit of stimulating the housing market allowing people to move up the housing ladder.

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Post by Manoverboard » 01 Aug 2019, 11:12

barney wrote:
01 Aug 2019, 10:13
Thatcher's idea of selling off council stock was purely political.

Private home owners are more inclined to vote Tory, that is an absolute fact.

Where she took it too far was not enabling councils to replace the sold off stock, thus denying deserving people a secure home.
Council house tenants are more likely to vote Labour, so her policy was choke it off at the source.

Pure ideology, and a sinister one at that.

Even 'scumbags' have the right to a decent roof over their heads.
Actually it was Labour who enabled tenants to purchase their Council houses … my dad bought his prior to the Right to Buy Act. They, Labour, thought that many of the longer term occupiers had paid sufficient rent to have actually bought the house. My Dad for example never missed a single rent payment for a tad over 40 years.

Would agree however that Maggie milked developed the idea to boost Tory ideals.


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Post by screwy » 01 Aug 2019, 16:56

I would agree to some extent on Maggies intentions regarding voting patterns,however I also believe it was a ploy used when reeling in the Unions, Go on strike now you’ve got a mortgage.?
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Post by Stephen » 13 Aug 2019, 10:15

Body found in Malayashian jungle suspected to be that of missing girl. Very sad.

Nora Quoirin: Body found in Malaysia search for missing girl https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49330702


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Post by anniec » 13 Aug 2019, 10:35

The poor parents. It must be unbelievably awful for them.

The only positive is that the body's been found, unlike the poor parents of Madeleine McCann.

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Post by oldbluefox » 13 Aug 2019, 11:28

The circumstances are indeed sad. It must be your worst nightmare.


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Post by screwy » 14 Aug 2019, 14:55

50 yrs ago today British troops were sent to N.Ireland, commonly known as Operation Banner. What good did that do ? Well, the people we were sent to protect turned against us as did the Last Labour Govt (thanks Blair ) we are now being pursued through the courts while IRA Terrorist Killers were given pardons, seems its all fair eh.? Belfast Agreement, Bollocks.
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Post by screwy » 14 Aug 2019, 15:14

I will amend that to The Good Friday Agreement. Still Bollocks.!!!
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Post by towny44 » 14 Aug 2019, 18:13

screwy wrote:
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I will amend that to The Good Friday Agreement. Still Bollocks.!!!
Nothing changes, wasn't Jesus betrayed by Judas on Good Friday as well.
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Post by Stephen » 24 Aug 2019, 15:18

There's controversy over some of the Royals over use of private flights.

This amused me in the Mail today.

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Post by towny44 » 30 Aug 2019, 08:32

Sad to see Ruth Davidson resign as Scottish Tory leader yesterday, if only all remainers had been as gracious in defeat as she has been, then the country, especially parliament, would not be in such a mess.
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 30 Aug 2019, 14:47

Yes I rated her. Certainly more than Mrs Krankie, who is getting more shrill every day in her desire to rule the UK. Of course she resigned to see more of her family. As they all do!

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Post by towny44 » 30 Aug 2019, 15:33

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
30 Aug 2019, 14:47
Yes I rated her. Certainly more than Mrs Krankie, who is getting more shrill every day in her desire to rule the UK. Of course she resigned to see more of her family. As they all do!
Now don't be a cynic Merv.
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