Sunday, 14 December 2014

Good comment at The Times

Emailed in by MBK, under an article headed Windfall for pensioners with leap in savings rates.

FamilyGuy

So pensioners have a lovely triple lock (Whereas disabled people and single mothers get a cut). The NHS is ring fenced (Mostly utilised by pensioners). Older people can withdraw their pensions as a nice lump sum to get a buy to let, and now they have an exclusive market beating savings rate (That young people cannot access).

How about a piece of the pie for young people? Oh I see!! There is no point giving under 35 year olds access to a special rate savings product as they are all heavily indebted with student debt (Older people got theirs for free), Help to buy and huge mortgages to own their own houses (Older people paid an average of 3.5 x salary and had no need for government intervention*) and they have suppressed wages and low job prospects with zero contract hours so they don't have any savings!

Silly me! The conservatives are right anyway, after all, the pensioners are the countries future…


* Actually, there was a lot of government intervention until the 1980s or so; UK governments went to a lot of trouble to keep rents and house prices low and affordable.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

YPP last meet-up of 2014

Last YPP meet-up of 2014 tomorrow Friday 12 December at The Brewmaster nr Leicester Square Tube (Exit 1 and turn left at the top of the stairs into "St Martin's Court") from about 5.20 onwards.

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

Friday, 5 December 2014

YPP Friday meet-up, 5 December

1. For the second Monday in a row, two of us had a most interesting meeting with a potential competitor/collaborator (delete as apporpriate), I won't say more as it's not my contact.

2. YPP meet-up tomorrow 5 December - The Brewmaster nr Leicester Square Tube (Exit 1 and turn left at the top of the stairs into "St Martin's Court") from about 5.20 onwards. We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us. It's my little girl's birthday so I'll have to knock off early at 6 or so.

3. The app is has hit yet another delay but we will get the beta version in a couple of weeks, hopefully.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

YPP Friday Meet-up, Friday 28 November.

1. Two of us went to this demo on Monday, we handed out a few leaflets, I did a quick speech and we had a collaborative chat with the Something New Party in the pub afterwards.

2. The app is finally taking shape and should be ready in a couple of weeks.

3. YPP meet-up tomorrow 28 November - The Brewmaster nr Leicester Square Tube (Exit 1 and turn left at the top of the stairs into "St Martin's Court") from about 5.20 onwards. We put a yellow YPP leaflet on the table so that you can recognise us. Given how cold it is, we might have to retreat inside.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Please take part in the Generation Rent email campaigns

Email Vince Cable here re letting agent fees.

Email your MP using this template re revenge evictions, preferably by today or tomorrow.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Reader's Letter Of The Day

From yesterday's Evening Standard:

Richard Godwin is right about my golden-oldie generation having “the best of all worlds”. And we never had to go to war either. Of course most of us didn’t go to university and many began work at 16, so we have been in the world of work for more than half a century and chances are we no longer have a mortgage.

Laws that favour property ownership are embraced by the main parties, which lack any will for real change. The best we can do is downsize or take or some kind of equity release to get our children on the housing ladder, but that means our privileges are handed down, perpetuating inequality.

Roger Williams

Thursday, 20 November 2014

YPP meet-up Friday 21 November

As usual, The Brewmaster nr Leicester Square Tube (Exit 1 and turn left at the top of the stairs into "St Martin's Court") from 5.20 onwards.

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

Given how cold it is, we might have to retreat inside.

Agenda: moaning about how cold it is outside.