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Some stuff has leaked already obviously; all kicks of at 12.30
post your thoughts here.
that stuff really has a satisfying moral narrative
Government borrowing and spending are both up.
<shakes head sadly>
But let's hope that's rectified today.
Search twitter for his username and it's glorious.
I thought this word was from The Thick Of It? How are they becoming real words on the news?
this is like the sequel so it makes sense to have something tie back to the original.
what the hell, man?!1
and they no longer do sports news which pleases me. And we get to criticize Laura Tobin's outfit choices every day and slag her off as she keeps giving us the news that its going to be cold.
Today - Hideous shirt.
Last week - A dark dress over a hot pink shirt - WRONG
Last week also - a hot pink trouser suit.
Come on Tobin. Sort it out.
I bet one of you run this page:
and wrote on the wall.....
Bit DaddyOrChips that, innit?
and CG is in the living room, wanking off into a 'Labour Isn't Working' mug whilst watching Laura Tobin talking about how its going to be a wet one again today.
that is BBC breakfast news. With that fucking annoying perma smiley Louise Minchin 'Oh, thanks for the weather, Carol' *giggles like a school girl* WHAT IS SO FUNNY ABOUT CAROL AND THE WEATHER, FFS
At the time it was used in Thick of It, the Government had just announced last year's Budget which turned out to be, well, an omnishambles. It just caught on and people started using it as an amusing way of criticising the Government.
All the usual nonsense.
Beer will only go up by inflation
CAN YOU SEE IT YET?
it won't affect me in any way, shape or form, and as such, i really couldn't give the slightest shit.
would be a mad if (as predicted) they cancel the rise on beer duty having just finished making a song and dance about minimum pricing.
a deliberate decision this year, apparently so that the government can manage the news better. There'll probably still be lots of things hidden in there that most of the newspapers miss or choose to ignore though.
Which is what the preset tax rises for fags and booze are supposed to be about.
The announcement today increased wine and spirits, whilst keeping beer as it has always been.
it's a west country tax
1 minute ago
The big moment has arrived - Chancellor George Osborne takes to the dispatch box.
why is there a traditional date for marking government budgetary direction? Why no just adjust budgetary direction when and if it becomes necessary or prudent.
This is a serious example of traditional b*****S
never used to be march
This guy seems to agree with you on this one:
Presumably it's the fact that the Standard have broken embargo on it which will lead to problems for him rather than the actual act of leaking it?
but everyone has to pretend to be appalled. Because we're all massive hippopotami
"keep the 1p on beer, you filthy animal."
and it's a complete failure
and he spends the evening sat alone in a corner in a party hat, occasionally mournfully blowing on one of those party blower things.
and then the Sun can mock up a picture of his head on a Budgies body and everyone makes Budgie cheep cheep noises whenever he is about to speak for the rest of his life.
and he stands there pushing the button in vain.
lets be realistic.
well done Tories
What's the catch folks?
without really addressing the lack of supply to the market.
15,000 affordable homes, across the whole country, even if they do actually get built (which I very much doubt, given this government's record so far on failed house building initiatives), is less than a drop in the ocean. They need to be looking at figures in the region of 100 times that number.
Not trolling, just asking.
depends almost entirely on the availability of credit.
Even in times of ready credit (eg pre-2007), the market has shown that it cannot build enough houses to keep prices at sustainable/affordable levels. It has nothing to do with 'red-tape' or planning - it's a fundamental flaw in relying on the private sector to provide homes.
It makes those without restrictions more valuable, yes, but the main driver behind land values is not whether or not it has restrictions placed upon it from a planning point of view.
There is enough land with planning permission already to sustain the construction sector's ability to build new homes for about 5 years or so.
Is it in areas where people don't really want to live? My thinking is that greenbelts around cities are reducing building in areas where people really want to live.
I'm a big advocate of the greenbelt being re-examined and adjusted if necessary. The thing is that the existence of the greenbelt is one of the reasons why people want to live there.
jobs and shops etc would be far more important reasons.
But the greenbelt areas aren't actually that close to jobs and shops though. Commuteable, sure, but that sounds like letting the tail wag the dog to me.
but some areas that were previously designated greenbelt have recently been built on by the university, and are only 10 mins or so from the city centre.
York has relatively high property prices/rent compared to much of the north and relatively low unemployment so if it was allowed to develop more it could help 'redistribute' the jobs.
but if, effectively, the Government is ensuring that a new home buyer can immediately put down (at least) a 25% deposit, won't that mean the amount that they need on a mortgage is lower?
I agree though, that a vast problem is the lack of Public housing.
The base level for a property value will just rise to take into account the supposed increase in affordability.
But if the government start pumping money into the demand side of the market, without addressing the supply, then the value of property as an investment increases exponentially, meaning that second home owners, buy-to-letters, landlords etc pile back into the market, restricting the supply even further (doubly so if they leave properties empty for some or part of the year).
What would you suggest?
But more specifically:
- Tax on land value increases
- No council tax reduction for second homes
- Allow local authorities to repossess properties that have been left empty for a year
- Investment in construction of new council/housing association housing to a degree not seen since the 1970s
- Tenancy laws to be more equitable (following the model seen in places like Germany and Holland).
- National targets/strategy imposed on local authorities for new housing/industrial/business development. Local authorities to include these within their Local Plans in return for central government investment in infrastructure.
- Mandatory percentage of all new developments to be affordable/subsidised homes.
- City bonuses to be paid in company shares, tied for five years and performance-based.
- State pension to be raised so that property isn’t the only way for people to provide for themselves.
- Separate consumer banking from investment banking. Allow investment banks to fail if they run into difficulties. Consumer banks to be restricted in terms of their lending/capital asset ratios.
- Regulation/formal qualification for estate agents.
Are there no regulations/formal qualification/licences for estate agents in the UK?
plenty of excess supply in other parts of the country
don't want another Gordon Brown do we?
without utterly destroying the economy.
It has to be proactive. Investing in house construction is a win/win situation. It gets the economy moving again by employing people, and the state has a solid and long-term physical asset at the end of it.
Marker 4 chancellor
you'll still need to have at least a 5% deposit and be able to make the repayments on a 95% mortgage (if I have read it correctly)
so I would guess that the number of people for whom this deal will be of use is pretty limited - certainly compared to the scale of the housing problem
Oh my god my fucking cretin osbourne
he's not really made a situation where people who can't quite afford to buy can now get on the property ladder
instead he's made a situation where people who can get on (or are already on) the property ladder can afford to get more expensive homes --- which will quickly translate to them being able to pay more money for the same homes
So I don't see what can go wrong with this.
Oh hang on......
Although having just re-read the thing I read in the first place it doesn't seem limited to first-time buyers at all.
Although, (again, with my lack of knowledge here very much in the open) would this scheme not theoretically boost the amount new builds knowing that the amount of people who can afford them is now going to increase?
just new builds
that it's not a solution. It's not even a sticking plaster answer either - it's just propping up the existing situation.
but we still seem to have sticking plasters from all parties until then.
Unfortunately, those who are being screwed have been so screwed that they no longer vote.
The LADS are happy. weeaaay
"wahey, its now buy 315, get one free at the Queens head"
Regressive Beer taxation scrapped.
Increase in the personal allowance.
Capital gains tax scrapped.
Fuel duty scrapped.
More people buying houses.
National Insurance assistance for small businesses.
deficit cut by a third.
Aid Budget protected.
I mean I'm never going to vote for him, but his presentation etc has really improved.
If he managed to totally exorcise his inner 6th form nerd he'd probably be quite prime ministerial, but he ruins it when he starts going on about the Bullingdon club and stories from 6 months ago.
striving to please all of the people he can rather than actually having some kind of position on anything.
but I also suspect the strong policy positions you'd like to see him take would make him unable to be as politically nimble as you need to be in opposition, and puthim on the wrong side of the electorate.
GENIUS policy. Grab a share of people's house value right as the price index reaches an all time low, then scoop up the mega profits in 8 years when prices will have shot up by 35%.
You total fucking cunt
--Government mortgage guarantee scheme will "not have very much impact" on house building.--