London’s astonishing boom can lift the whole of Britain – Benadict Brogan – Telegraph Blogs


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This Telegraph blog by Deputy Editor, Benedict Brogan, is a MUST READ. Check it out!

London’s astonishing boom can lift the whole of Britain – Telegraph Blogs.

Personally, whilst I was delighted to see this enthusiastic upbeat article, I was uncomfortable with the strength of the underlying argument. In my view, the UK, like the rest of Europe, has suffered from policies of excessive austerity, yet too many journalists are trying to white-wash the economic and social evidence and damage.

Let me turn this to several open questions:

  1. Apart from property price inflation, where is the evidence that London is booming?
  2. If London is booming, where is the evidence of increased investment in non-property assets?
  3. How is the apparent London boom being applied to increase exports and the skill-base of the workforce?

Any thoughts?

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3 responses

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  3. Dr Alf poses three important questions and Benedict Brogan is partially talking nonsense.
    As to his first question:

    1)London is booming in the sense that the City is doing better and banker bonuses are back up by to 82% from their fall.
    Corporate lawyers and the Big 4 are doing more business and we have more high tech startups in Tec City in the East End.
    Beyond that it is foreign inward investors and Russian oligarchs buying up expensive London properties in the West End,the BBC buying up expensive property in the West End and the Government getting major buy to let landlords refurbish London property from which former Housing Benefit recipients have been evicted and dramatically increasing the rents to a minimum of £500 gbp a week for a single room.
    The nett effect of this is to drive up rental costs in places like Luton and in Hertfordshire where I live because the displaced Housing Benefit recipients come in numbers greater than the available supply of housing thus benefitting buy to let landlords but not anyone else.
    2)The Chinese are quietly buying up businesses in London as is Temasek and the Kuwait Investment Office,the Qataris and others.
    These groupings are also building up shareholdings but the hard publicly available evidence that Dr Alf seeks is not readily available unless one digs and does a lot of mental arithmetic.
    3)Moving on to Dr Alf,s last question,there is no “how” because exports and the skills of the UK workforce are insufficient and remain unaffected by foreign inward investment in London properties.
    This because the Government just lets these people come here without applying conditions or providing incentives for these people to employ and train the indigenous population or establish new businesses where this could be made to happen.

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