On 8 Mar 2018 at 3:02pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Passed the old Post Office yesterday and saw large bundle of blankets etc with container collecting money. Same can be seen in Cliffs!Without going into homeless( but not really) as has a flat,what must visitors think visiting our lovely Town?
On 8 Mar 2018 at 3:06pm Fred wrote:
Ha, I thought you mean't Norman Baker. Seen on a train this morning - wow, he was seriously untidy.
On 8 Mar 2018 at 3:16pm Kid of the 70s wrote:
Life was pretty tough in the 70s. BUT as I kid I never saw young men or women begging on the streets of Lewes. We also had proper shops like greengrocers, butchers, etc where produce was sold at a decent price not an over inflated price aimed at the dozy DFLs.
On 8 Mar 2018 at 3:42pm Bob wrote:
@Kid of the 70s. Maybe it was because people had a bit more pride in those days. Marriage was still an institution, "for better, for worse". Your parents are likely to have tasted Rationing and National Service. It gives people a bit of resolve and backbone!
Where are the parents of the people on the streets today?
On 8 Mar 2018 at 4:39pm @ Kid of the 70's wrote:
That's because there were at least half a dozen squats in Lewes and the occupants more or less did some work. Don't ask how I know
On 8 Mar 2018 at 4:56pm Clifford wrote:
Kid of the 70s wrote: 'Life was pretty tough in the 70s. BUT as I kid I never saw young men or women begging on the streets of Lewes.'
And then came Thatcherism, the idiocy of her monetarist policies, the collapse of manufacturing, boosting of the financial 'industry', and growth rates lower than 'the bad old days'.
'‘[T]he Thatcher governments’ many supporters. . . . have maintained that the era from 1979-1990 saw Britain’s long-term economic prospects transformed for the better. Yet the evidence does not support them. Notwithstanding the rapid expansion of output between 1985 and 1989 the annual average level of growth during the Thatcher years was just 1.8 per cent, less than the 2.6 per cent reached by Labour and Conservative social democracy between 1969 and 1979.’'
On 8 Mar 2018 at 5:09pm inthegutter wrote:
The fraction of personal income spent on food has probably never been lower. My guess is that today it is around ~10% of net income while in the 50s it was more like 30%. At the same time the fraction spent on housing has probably never been higher.
On 8 Mar 2018 at 5:37pm In the 50's inthegutter wrote:
My grandparents' rent was £0/5/- a week - for a Victorian 3 bed terrace (in the countryside). No Bathroom. No inside WC. No hot water supply. Electric they paid for install in the 40's. Coal fired range. Can't remember what food cost but you're about right, " inthegutter "
On 8 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm Clifford wrote:
I do love the idea of three people (at the moment) giving a thumbs down to the statistics on growth rates under Thatcher as opposed to pre-Thatcher governments. I wonder what precisely it is they disagree with about them? Or is it they don't like their brainless little bubble burst?
On 8 Mar 2018 at 9:13pm @clifford wrote:
On 8 Mar 2018 at 9:47pm Spare a thought wrote:
When people become desperate enough to start begging, there's something seriously wrong with our society - the fact it 'looks untidy' is the least of it.
On 8 Mar 2018 at 10:56pm P.c john wrote:
run them ovt of my town bloody beggers drug takers
On 9 Mar 2018 at 9:39am CJ wrote:
I didn't get where I am today without Thatcherism.
Labour were going to nationalise the banks and building societies in 1979. If we had gone down that route, I would be struggling to pay rent in my old age. Instead of enjoying my paid off half million pound house.
On 9 Mar 2018 at 10:44am Decent Citizen wrote:
Spare a thought. It is not a lack of money for FOOD they are begging for! Fact!
On 9 Mar 2018 at 11:39am Tom wrote:
@DecentCitizen The guy who sits outside the post office (who you're talking about) can regularly be seen in his comfy home in the doorway of Jigsaw most nights.
On 9 Mar 2018 at 3:05pm The Greek wrote:
Time to tax the unearned wealth in these very properties. Why should someone "earn" 5x the value that they paid for their house by virtue of just living there for 20 years?
On 9 Mar 2018 at 6:07pm @TheGreek wrote:
what a moronic thing to say
On 9 Mar 2018 at 6:57pm Bill wrote:
@The Greek, I take it you're not a homeowner?
On 9 Mar 2018 at 7:00pm @the greek wrote:
That is the dumbest thing you have ever posted.