Jun 28

No doubt if you looked at graphs real wages have flat lined for years and but but our houses are worth a shit load apparently. Well anecdotal will do today….

I was in London drinking in Hammersmith not a particularly posh borough in the past. Yet if I earned a 100 grand and had a wife and 2 kids could I even afford to live there? If I was on average household income of £38,547 could I?

I was put in mind of the 70s lifestyles of Lunchtime O’Booze journalists who crushed beers all afternoon every day. Could you on a hundred grand a year sit in a pub every afternoon and live in or around central London? Never mind a journalist’s salary?

The subsidy of housing is if not making us poorer in the way income is measured is certainly changing what we can and cannot afford. How close to London we can live and hence how far we commute.

As with Greece the unwinding of these artificial economic constructs will be harsh. The eventual great sell off of housing by income poor boomers will lead to a correction as the ‘wealth’ they have appropriated in pre existing bricks and mortar disappears. The problem is of course now they force up land prices and we are forced to the ‘burbs as London property becomes the money laundering tool of preference [HSBC excepted] and the UK Govt pours in subsidy to make the criminals and landlords richer.

Thus us the people better off? Unlikely.

Losing an hour a day to travel to work. Lost lifestyle choices no longer available. Quality of life lost. Unarguably.

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