Generation Hick. Or Generation Get the F**k Out of the South East.

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From our Swindon correspondent:

Because this, kids, just ain’t what you’re looking for:-
Boris Johnson has said he wants to create a ‘Generation Buy’ where young people are helped to purchase homes with mortgages requiring low deposits.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Prime Minister said he believed a ‘huge’ number of people felt excluded from home ownership in the UK.

But he said his Government would ‘fix’ the issue by helping people get onto the property market with low-deposit mortgages.

I was thinking back to the 1970s and how my grandparents lived in Malmesbury, in Wiltshire. They’d moved out of London to somewhere cheaper on retirement. It’s hard to understand this today because Malmesbury is rather expensive now. And it was the same in general with villages. Villages were full of little old ladies. Because back in the 1970s, villages were impractical for people. You couldn’t easily get to work from a village. Then along came cars and villages and market towns that weren’t too far from towns became more desirable. The most extreme example is the charming Cotswold town of Burford, which until the 1950s was poor, because the trains had passed it by. Which meant it didn’t get Victorian development, then became accessible by car from Oxford and so was now a charming place you could live in.
The car increased the commute radius. It stopped being about how far you could get on a local bus or bike. If you could drive to a town in 30 minutes, it was now a commute.
The relevance of all of this is because we’ve been slowly doing the same thing with internet technology but it’s really taking off with Covid. You probably don’t need to live in Hammersmith to work in central London, if you sit in an office looking at a computer all day,.you can live pretty much anywhere.
So, kids, why don’t you just get out of the city? Move to somewhere cheap that is accessible for the odd trip. Probably not Tannochbrae, but somewhere that’s as far as you don’t mind for 1 long day a week, maybe 2 hours away, like Taunton or Wolverhampton. Sure, they look run down, but doesn’t most of London, really? There’s probably less crime in Taunton. Get yourself a 2 bed house in Wolverhampton for £130K instead of £800K in Hammersmith. You can get Amazon to deliver there, Netflix stream there. OK, you don’t have the musicals on your doorstep but how often do you really go.

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Yes, reality has changed and prices are going to fluctuate to reflect that.

Now, Boris will use gov’t to ensure the issuance of mortgages, with terms banks OTHERWISE WOULDN’T ACCEPT? This was US inner-city lending, to people the stats told us couldn’t repay. Clinton put banks on notice that their compliance would be studied at every license renewal, and before long you had a house of cards (magnified by careerists for partisan purposes) and the Bush 2008 “meltdown.”

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But, but, but, the people proposing this are smart people. People who’ve been to Uni and got a degree. Smarter than those of use not smart enough to go to Uni and get a degree. They can’t possibly be wrong now can they? They’ve got a degree…..

Ella Strong
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Does he wants another 2008? What the hell is wrong with the SPaDs and the Tories to be not resist this entirely?

Barks
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Barks

Is there an oversupply of housing that the PM is trying to have taken up? Is increasing demand going to remove excess supply?

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This isn’t a “this policy is dumb” post. It is dumb, yes, but what’s happening right now is an opportunity if you can find a willing employer. Get yourself a house in Stoke-on-Trent or Barnsley for less than £100K. My prediction is that the South East is going to go to decline, relatively. I think it’ll still have a premium, but not so much. I think we’re going to see more distribution of office work around the country, and some quite depressed places getting a boost as people seek out value that they can exploit. Buy a house in mid-Wales… Read more »

jgh
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jgh

Sell your London box, buy a castle from the Jocks….

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I can recall having a discussion with a young local lad, after I had moved into a village in the Lake District. He was bemoaning the fact that all the cheap houses had gone to offcomers like me. He was not convinced when I told him to blame his grandparents because they had sold the house to me instead of him .