Not so Merrie England
Comment on: Miliband admits migration put pressure on homes
I thought I'd have a quick look at some pages while my porridge is cooking and expected to see 'a bit of a bloodbath' only to be pleasantly surprised that there was very little blood, although there was quite a bit of bile.
That doesn't mean that there was an outbreak of 'brotherly and sisterly love but things were, in the main, pleasant other than the farmyard 'stench' of various "airs of superiority" from some posters (who shall remain unnamed to protect the "guilty" and the "innocent" on a 'no names, no pack drill' basis -- whatever the heck that means) since my post of around 24 hours ago.
I see there have there has been at least 1 rude word used and nobody has been admonished or derided for it -- it hasn't come from a poster who I notice is all but ignored when he posts (perhaps it's the layout of his contributions or his constant harping on about New Labour, not that I disagree with the sentiments behind what is said ) -- there have been some quite vindictive and vile posts which is apparently the norm from some posters.
Anyway, onwards and upwards, eh what? (not a real question)
Different people take different sides in an argument and there are some quite argumentative peoples' post on here -- perhaps they "get their jollies" from being argumentative or maybe they deliberately want to explore different avenues and alleyways. Different people interpret things differently and I can see where other people pick loads of info up from.
Every now and then, someone tends to stray into the crossfire and, amazingly can get away unscathed -- is as if they were not 'shot at' by the protagonists.
In reply to the specific question asked of me I would say that an enquiring mind is fine and dandy but constant questioning of motives can not only be very tedious but also perceived as a form of 'trolling'. That said, I had thrown the film reference in.
The previous government comes in for a lot of flak (which I suppose is some sort of balance to the current government being attacked) -- if such attacks do anything other than act as a release of tension then I wonder what the purpose is because what could have been and what should have been belong in the past when we should be looking at the future.
If anyone expects me to offer a panacea to cure all future ills there are not going to get very excited because having seen others ideas (wild and fanciful though they may be) shot down in flames and ridiculed: I am not likely to put my own head above the parapet.
In many respects these threads are a bit like Big Brother (the television 'entertainment' show) -- with a dozen or so different contestants of which some are vying for "air time" or "exposure", some are "on a journey" and every now and then someone gets evicted. It is not the perfect analogy but perhaps far better than the "war" analogy of this weekend.
I see not every question is answered asked on these threads is answered -- there are just so many questions asked, aren't there? (tee hee).
I have not set out to offend anyone at all and would congratulate most of the contributing participants for their mostly 'good natured' exchanges and particularly like the 'veiled rude words' such as "spheroids" although I'm not so sure about "little nugget".
I infer (not perhaps the most sensible thing to do on a Sunday morning) from these and posts elsewhere that there are areas of particular interests to various posters and there is evidence of expertise in some housing-related areas too. So, perhaps somewhere in all the words and ideas there may be some solutions to the various housing issues of the day and those facing us in the future.
There appears to have been no racism or racist comments on this thread although there have been some direct 'personal barbs' directed at some posters but I can see how difficult it is at times not to address certain matters in a good natured manner because someone, somewhere is likely to be offended even by the sound of silence.
And, on that note, I'll bring this segment of my "Sunday Supplement" to a close and point out that my veiled references to song titles and lyrics have peppered this particular contribution -- I haven't proffered a solution or solutions but feel that there are too many people chasing after too few properties to rent at a price that they can afford to pay from their earnings and that needs to change.
Comment on: Miliband admits migration put pressure on homes
Sitting here listening to the radio chomping away on my cornflakes I decided to have a 'gander' at the Inside Housing pages only to find confirmation of why I sometimes can despair at some posters.
I’m assuming that I am not breaking ‘the rules of engagement’ by wondering and assure you that my remarks addressed to individual posters are not intended as derogatory or to evoke/provoke an emotional response, nor are they a veiled insult of any sort.
Rick Campbell's latest post appears to show him being deliberately being thick for some reason. I wonder why -- perhaps it isn't about numbers, perhaps it's about language and the word "depleted".
10 homes minus 2 homes equals 8 homes. 8 is a smaller number than 10.
If you start with 10 and end up with 8 then the original 10 has been depleted.
Some people just seem to 'hog' these pages whilst others 'sheepishly' follow on from where others spread their 'manure'.
Perhaps they are the 'prominent people' referred to above and rather like the 'silent majority' and 'the majority of the electorate', a "concept".
Before anyone accuses me of exhibiting or intending to exhibit a racist or anti-immigrant stance -- just to make sure my motives and choice of words are misinterpreted by any smart alec or misinterpreted by accident:-
My reference to "language" is merely in respect of the use of the word "deplete" and is not a reference *veiled or otherwise) to any poster's or posters' mother tongue.
The only veiled references in this post are the farmyard references ('gander', 'hog' and 'manure') -- a puerile attempt at humour but perhaps better than the "playground antics" of some posters.
Rick Campbell, I get your reference to being an immigrant and wonder if it has any bearing at all (in a similar vein to your being a tenant, or your anti-politician stance ) to the type of reaction you get to what you post to these pages.
Comment on: Rich pickings
For those in doubt: I was taking the 'proverbia'l with my "People need to buy their council or HA houses to provide the money to build more newer one and to make money for the bankers to get the economy booming again."
Eureka is correct I think.
Comment on: Anti-social tenants face fast track evictions
According to what I read elsewhere; Government Ministers are the salt of the earth and should be treated with more respectand deference whilst Housing Association tenants should be pillioried at every available opportunity.
It's about time that this ASB rhubarb stopped, The cure is simply to take ASB responsibility away from landlords and place it squarely where it belongs with the Police and the Courts.
Landlords' resources then could be turned to better use -- the evicting of tenants for not behaving reasonably towards their neighbours.
Comment on: Freud under fire for bedroom tax ‘ruse’
I think that a tenant faced with the prospect of rent arrears will just simply ignore the situation for as long as possible and wait for the council or Housing Association to take them to court not recognising that there will have been a lot of the landlords' income used up in getting to that stage.
The story asks for Ministers to "own up" -- that is hardly likely and from what I can see from some other of these "threads" if anyone dares to speak out then someone will jump upon them like a ton of bricks.
I will not use my real name on here because you never know who is watching and waiting to gang up on you as a real person.
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