Thursday, 21 April 2016

Reader's Letter Of The Day

From yesterday's Evening Standard:

It seems that the British Property Federation is salivating at the concept of "build to rent" (Letters, April 18) and misinterpreting Simon Jenkins's article (April 15).

All the evidence shows that builf-to-rent will not make any difference to the housing crisis - over the past 20 years, the stock of landlord-owned homes has increased by more than the number of new homes built.

The BPF regularly speaks out against higher property-based taxes - the very idea Mr Jenkins suggests would lead to a far more efficient allocation of housing.

Mark Wadsworth, Young People's Party.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

YPP meet-up tomorrow Friday 8 April

Tomorrow, 5.20 onwards, The Brewmaster, Leicester Square Tube Exit 1, turn left and left again into the alleyway (St Martin's Court).

We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

Topics: A submission to Islington council on LVT and our new emblem (El Comm decided to reject the original one after four years for reasons best known to themselves)…

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Ha ha, serves them right.

From Open Democracy:

The Government’s rush to implement Individual Electoral Registration (IER) – against expert advice to phase-in the policy over a longer period – has knocked more than 800,000 people off the electoral register over the last year. The House of Commons Library warns: “Local authorities with high concentration of students appear to have been more affected by IER as their registers decreased more significantly than the average.”

Fewer young, poor and left orientated voters on the electoral register is likely to help the Conservatives in local and national elections on May 5, as well as skewing the soon-to-be redrawn boundaries of parliamentary constituencies to their advantage.

In the context of the European referendum though, that is a substantial number of likely Remain votes lost. The changes to electoral registration also puts Remain at a geographic disadvantage. Five of the ten top Europhile locations in Britain are London boroughs, according to YouGov.

But London has lost the highest number of voters, with 394,000 falling of the register since the 2012 Mayoral election. In Hackney alone, which was the eighth most pro-EU place in of Britain, there has been a 6 per cent slump in voter registration. A double victory for Conservative Mayoral candidate and Brexiteer, Zac Goldsmith, but more bad news for Remain.

H/t MBK.

Monday, 7 March 2016

"Revealed: the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income"

Full article in The Guardian.

A combination of debt, joblessness, globalisation, demographics and rising house prices is depressing the incomes and prospects of millions of young people across the developed world, resulting in unprecedented inequality between generations.

Pretty much sums it up. But this isn't just something that happened, it is the result of deliberate government policy.

(No doubt the oldies will airbrush out of history the fact that in The Good Old Days, when they were in their twenties and thirties, they had a fair crack of the whip - jobs for all, free university education, buy a house with a mortgage of twice your salary and pay it off in ten or fifteen years? Pshaw! Never happened! Why should today's youngsters expect the same?)

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Reader's Letter Of The Day

From today's Evening Standard:

Jenny Thomas [Letters, February 15] claims that London tenants have "unrealistic expectations" and that owning their home home is not "their entitlement".

For most of the 20the century, the UK has a bundle of policies which kept house prices down while squeezing out private landlords. The inevitable result was precisely as intended - a massive increase in the number of owner-occupiers.

And yes, people did see this as "their entitlement" - it is precisely this entitlement that recent governments have snatched away.

Mark Wadsworth, Young People's Party.

I'd mark myself down for using the same word ("precisely") twice, but apart from that, it came out OK.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Oddly Edited Reader's Letter Of The Day.

From The Evening Standard:

Zac Goldsmith grabbed headlines with his claim that a fare freeze by Transport for London would mean a 59 per cent increase in council tax [February 9].

However, anyone who reads the article will see that the true increase would be 17 per cent. Even his claim that the fare freeze would add £175 to an average council tax bill is deeply flawed.

[Missing third para, explaining that the required annual council tax increase would be more like £33.]

This seems like a sensible option to me, especially if the increase were targeted at the super-expensive homes in Zones 1 and 2 who pay the least toward TfL while getting the best value from it.

Mark Wadsworth, Young People's Party.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

YPP meet-up tomorrow, Friday 8 January

We took December off because it was cold, Xmas stuff etc, tomorrow we are back on at...

The Brewmaster, Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 and turn left and left again into the alleyway (St Martin's Court).

We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us.

Topics: Osborne very gently clamping down on small BTL landlords while merrily subsidising the big ones.