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U.K Elections Soon ! I'm scared!

Here we go again! U.K elections zooming along,all trying to woo us with there sweet or boring words. Don't they know we have heard it all before,have suffered from it forever ,it seems!

The Woman Thatcher placed in'The right to buy' housing policy where council tenants could buy their Council house.

Many fell for it -easy to see the poor idiots who did, not really blaming them as they were just used and 'greed' was their whip!

If one was to walk along the road where there are council houses it is obvious to see who bought their then rented house. Just look at the roofs and they tell the story. The ones still in council ownership have beautiful new roofs as they are kept in excellent condition, the tenant owned ones are usually in a bad state of repair as the costs of upkeep are too high.

Now ,today, we have the 'Conservative manifesto' it's theme on housing is .guess what! The old chestnut of 'the right to buy' deal, and this time ,as there are hardly any council houses left, it is the housing associations which are 'dangled' temptingly, in front of the voters !

I just hope the voters treat Cameron with the contempt he deserves..

A vote for the Tories is a vote for untruths,they are unfolding by the minute.

If Labour hadn't moved so far to the right there wouldn't be the gap for the Tories to pretend they cared a jot for the working people...

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bestwriter wrote on April 14, 2015, 8:12 AM

They will come and they will go but you will be there facing whatever is doled out to you. emoticon :smile:

scheng1 wrote on April 14, 2015, 8:41 AM

In the first place, UK should not abandon the royal family for democracy. The best days of Britain, when the sun never set, happened during Queen Victoria's day.

Ellis wrote on April 14, 2015, 8:50 AM

Which ever carrot we chase the electorate will still end up going hungry...

MegL wrote on April 14, 2015, 8:58 AM

All the politicians everywhere are the same, it seems and if they aren't, they get that way after being elected!:-(

JohnRoberts wrote on April 14, 2015, 9:35 AM

Sounds like the elections and political parties in the UK are as tedious as those in the US.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 14, 2015, 10:14 AM

I hope your elections turn out good and fair.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 10:56 AM

Well,well! At least you are confirming that having non-working 'Royals' at the helm is not democratic.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 10:59 AM

True to some extent! Although some of the victims of Tory austerity are no more! Thousands of young males without means of existence have committed suicide.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:01 AM

Yet in a Tory scenario there won't even be a roof over one's head.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:05 AM

I don't agree ! I could name many M.Ps who have given their life to their job,unfortunately they are outnumbered by the infiltrators,the electorate have to be more 'canny'.

bestwriter wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:05 AM

Was it that bad? This disease of politicians becoming selfish is epidemic.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:10 AM

They may be many things but I can't say they are tedious,some of the strokes they try are tedious though. I am angry at the lies such as Cameron {Tory Prime Minister]stealing the left line of being 'The party of the Working people'. Outrageous!

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:12 AM

Thanks! In hope as there is a first time for everything.

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:33 AM

I would hardly know anything about American politics were it not for the jokes provided by comedians (like via The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live) and every once in a while my husband will discuss something because he watches the news and actually listens to what the reporters are saying. So when it comes to the politics of another country, I'm totally in the dark! So Cameron is not in favor? I did not know that. I saw him when he visited the USA eating hot dogs and watching ball games with Obama. He doesn't act like he thinks the citizens are disgruntled with his administration. (O.o)

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 11:55 AM

bestwriter ,Here are some figures of Male suicide in UK for the year 2013 from the 'Office for national statistics' 6,233....

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 12:03 PM

Haha! comedians do come in handy some time! Themajority of the populace here are fairly muddled I think. Hope they give the Tory cameron his marching orders but I'm not counting on it. The media are the ones with the say in all countries, but hopefully that could change with the internet in the next few years..fingers crossed( he is in favour with the boss class)

Fleur wrote on April 14, 2015, 2:05 PM

The council houses I've seen are the opposite, the privately-owned ones are neatly-kept with nice gardens and new windows, the council-owned ones have patches of overgrown weeds outside with run-down old bangers parked on them. The first house I bought was originally a council house, the lady who lived there had lived in it since it was built in the 1960s and when the chance came she and her husband bought it. They kept it beautifully but after her husband died and her sons left home she moved to a smaller place near where her sons lived, so that's when I bought it. When I got the deeds I could hardly believe it, she had paid £12,000 for it and only a few years later sold it to me for well over £100,000. That's certainly a nice profit at the expense of the council.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 2:54 PM

I don't think I could in such a huge place,it must be time consuming,could you imagine wanting to stand as a Woman President ? How much of a nightmare it would be! It's bad enough in the ordinary world.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 3:06 PM

Firstly I wish to say that to some I have an old 'banger'. I am sure you weren't being rude to people who have 'bangers'.
I often wonder where some people think the younger generation are going to live with such a shortage of rented houses and job insecurity.
If it weren't for the housing associations there would be even more young people homeless,I wonder if you noticed the fugures of the 2013 suicidal rate of males-it is in a reply to a comment above- many Men are driven to suicide through pressure of joblessness and a hundred other such pressures.
Imagine the pressure of losing ones job when one has a dreadfully high mortgage! Thank God for council houses and housing associations for the many who abide in them,safe from Capitalist pressure.

WordChazer wrote on April 14, 2015, 3:08 PM

Our house is falling apart at the seams, because we are on low salaries and can't afford to have things repaired the instant they break. We also pay 1/3 of our combined salary towards mortgage, council tax, utilities etc. We're in that difficult spot where we're not really earning enough to live comfortably but we're not earning so little that we're eligible for benefits. However, it seems as if many council house tenants have other priorities for spending their money, whether due to the fact that their repairs are looked after or because they actually have decent income from somewhere but choose to live in a council house rather than saddling themselves with a mortgage.

I have to say, as Fleur points out, a few years ago it was different - the ones who had taken up their right to buy were doing the houses up with all their spare money and the council houses were the scruffy ones.

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melody23 wrote on April 14, 2015, 3:11 PM

My mother cant get the council to fix anything in her house no matter how hard she tries. The housing association she used to be with were great but the council are terrible. she has damp and they keep telling her its condensation from a tumble dryer, only problem is that she doesn't own a tumble dryer!

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 14, 2015, 3:26 PM

maxeen - Here's the thing in the USA. Elections are a big deal! For one thing, (I think - never actually been there) the political conventions are fun! Our young country is (I think) experimenting and evolving. So we think – try a young guy. Sadly the young guy (Kennedy) gets assassinated. We go back and forth over wars. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq. Loyalties get divided. Citizens go – OK! Let's try something different. A woman leader or a black guy. The black guy wins. Some folks are happy. Some folks are haters. Whatever! Few more months and he's gone. Who's next? Should we try the lady this time? Everybody's going … Hmmmm? In the end … it don't matter. As long as we don't get a lunatic in the Oval Office who thinks he or she can stay there for next 30 years like some of these crazy dictators in other countries ... it's all good. God bless America! We keep on keeping on!

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 3:49 PM

I know you work hard,both of you. It must be very frustrating to see the people you describe who have large TVs and have pets. However it is really up to them ,they have the right to stay forever in their council homes,why wouldn't they? Hope things improve.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 4:00 PM

There you go!! Those crazy dictators! Who's papers have you been reading ? You are obviously referring to President Putin. I quite like him! Don't faint, will you? I would a hundred times have him, to our monster, who took us into Iraq. he hasn't invaded anyone ,can you say the same about your president? by the way all your laws and patterns of behaviour were taken there by the Puritans--nothing new there..enjoyed the chat..

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 4:02 PM

Masochists abound !!

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 4:08 PM

melody23 ,when the liberals were in charge of our council,years ago,it was the same story,who is the council? She should see her counsillor ,now before the elections. (has she got a flat roof ext.ension over the kitchen,they are notorious for damp).

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 14, 2015, 4:24 PM

Always good chatting with you. You make me laugh. But you make me think too. :)

Fleur wrote on April 14, 2015, 5:32 PM

I wasn't being rude to people with old cars if that's what you mean, I had my last car for 10 years and it was already 10 years old when I bought it, it did over 200,000 miles and would have gone on longer if some younger man hadn't side-swiped it and written it off. No I was meaning the sort of rusty vehicles with broken windows and missing wheels propped up on bricks in the front 'garden'.

melody23 wrote on April 14, 2015, 5:34 PM

No she lives in a bungalow (no flat roof) the damp is clearly coming from the water that pools outside her door when it rains and the fact that its an old brick house that likely doesn't have proper insulation. Local councillor, MP and MSP are all useless, tried all of them to get her out of her upstairs flat into an amenity house, was told she was getting one that was being built only to be told when they were all built that the council doesn't offer amenity housing to anyone under 65. I eventually got her into the bungalow with the help of a local charity (which she had to move away from the town she grew up in to get) but getting used to a council house where nothing is done compared to her old housing association one where they bent over backwards to repair things has not been easy for her.

maxeen wrote on April 14, 2015, 6:32 PM

Sounds very frustrating for your Mum,isn't there any ombudsman to appeal to, with the help of the local councillor-I would phone the help line of a local radio station,you could get some action that way,good luck.

bestwriter wrote on April 14, 2015, 7:28 PM

That's quite number.
I thought politics was not in demand here but just see how many are debating with you. Good to see that.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 15, 2015, 4:07 AM

I think this kind of elections are like farce where they all pay lip service to voters .

maxeen wrote on April 15, 2015, 6:44 AM

It does seem that way,mainly with the parties who do most damage to the people.

CoralLevang wrote on April 15, 2015, 11:56 AM

It seems that the ineffective two-party system is problematic everywhere. emoticon :winking: