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 on: Yesterday at 09:50 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by Bevc
   There are many ways this policy is wrong, and I'm glad it's been stopped in Scotland. It fragments estates, downgrades the rented stocks, inflates rents to cover increased maintenance costs, and is too often a vehicle for families to gain control of a relatives property that they have no intention of living in. As long as there is a need for organised social housing, it should be properly managed to reduce the problems of private renting, not flogged off piecemeal ad knockdown rates.  The policy is insane, it's purely a vehicle to buy votes.

Think

I hadn't realised that, in Scotland, you can sublet social housing, with permission of course, and that you can leave said house to members of your family if they've lived there for longer than 6 months.

http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/advice_topics/renting_rights/council_housing_association_and_housing_co-op_tenancies/your_rights_as_a_scottish_secure_tenant

I'm not sure if that's the same in the rUK? dontknow  Perhaps I should google. 

450,000 people in Scotland thought it a good idea, the right to buy scheme, Ms Sturgeon's parents included.

Several families on the street I lived on bought their houses too.  We didn't.  Probably down to cost.  Anyhow, parents put their name down for an old folks bungalow and were awarded one eventually.

 32 
 on: Yesterday at 09:46 PM 
Started by scotnadian - Last post by Aileen
So PSG are staying in the same hotel as The Bjork Man (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) with the QF against Barca tomorrow.

Andy must be feeling like he's died and gone to heaven to see them play again. Very Happy
lol  I did try posting pics of Andy at the Barca vs Valencia match on the pics thread, but, although they were on ILAM, for whatever reason they didn't come up on MW, just a square with either a X or a squiggle in it, depending on whether the browser was IE or Chrome.  Shrug

 33 
 on: Yesterday at 09:38 PM 
Started by scotnadian - Last post by scotnadian
So PSG are staying in the same hotel as The Bjork Man (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) with the QF against Barca tomorrow.

Andy must be feeling like he's died and gone to heaven to see them play again. Very Happy

Jonas Björkman
1 hr ·
 Nice company in my hotel here in Barcelona #championsleauge

 34 
 on: Yesterday at 09:36 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by Aileen
^ And smacks of Thatcher. We'll be off to war next, a nice diversionary tactic, if ever there was one Rolling Eyes

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/20/tories-playing-dangerous-game-scotland-lord-forsyth
Also very interesting what the Tories are up to. Promoting the SNP in order to further damage Labour.
Indeed, and Lord Ashcroft, a former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, is producing regular polls of his own which show that the SNP are in the lead in Scotland, but whether this is a ploy to lull potential SNP voters into a sense of complacency, or a genuine attempt at a wake-up call to unionists, nobody really knows, so far anyway.   

 35 
 on: Yesterday at 09:33 PM 
Started by Elly - Last post by adb..OH
Mystery Train --- Elvis Presley

 36 
 on: Yesterday at 09:13 PM 
Started by scotnadian - Last post by scotnadian
Seems Andy wants The Bjork Man to help with shortening points. (This is from an article in March, when they first spoke.)

“We’ve spoken and he wants to be a little bit more aggressive on his returns and he wants to start coming to the net a little bit more,”

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/14/andy-murray-jonas-bjorkman-coach-tennis-amelie-mauresmo

 37 
 on: Yesterday at 09:07 PM 
Started by scotnadian - Last post by Aileen
Interesting article in yesterday's Herald, even if we do know much of it anyway.  Apologies for printing it out but The Herald is another 'restricted access' newspaper online.

Fleet-footed Bjorkman could also add brevity to the Murray camp

Simon Cambers
Sunday 19 April 2015

ANDY MURRAY will team up with Jonas Bjorkman this week for a trial both men hope and expect will lead to the Swede becoming a permanent member of the world No.3's coaching team.

Bjorkman's nifty footwork, such a feature of his game on the court, helped extend his run in Sweden's version of Strictly Come Dancing and delay his meeting with Murray.

But his timely departure from the show this weekend means the Swede, a former world No.4 and multiple grand-slam doubles champion, is free to join up with Murray.

Sources in the Murray camp said the Scot had expected to work with Bjorkman during next week's BMW Open in Munich, Murray's first clay-court outing of the year.

But Bjorkman is now expected to join Murray today in Barcelona, where the two-time grand-slam champion has been practising for the past week.

Nothing is written in stone, of course, but the arrival of Bjorkman is a welcome boost for Murray, especially given that coach Amelie Mauresmo is expecting her first child, due in September.

Should all go well this week, Bjorkman could play an even more pivotal role than initially thought. When news broke that he could be coming on board, the Swede said he hoped to help Murray be a little more aggressive on returns and improve his net-play.

Clay may not be the surface most suitable for that but Bjorkman is an infectious character and if he can add more positivity to Murray's game, whatever the surface, that can only be a good thing.

One thing that might prove to be a little tougher is getting the better of Novak Djokovic, who yesterday became the first man to win the first three Masters 1000s of the year.

Djokovic's 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych, which followed his straight-sets win over Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, confirmed his world No.1 status.

A rain delay early in the second set affected the Serb's momentum as Berdych hit back to level the match. But Djokovic, who beat Murray to win the Australian Open at the start of the year and won titles in Indian Wells and Miami, won the first four games of the decider to take control.

Berdych got one break back but Djokovic served out for victory.

With five weeks to go until the French Open, Djokovic looks a worthy favourite for the Roland Garros crown, even if Nadal may have something to say about that. Murray's French Open expectations may be slightly lower - though he made the semi-finals last year - but he should go into his next event in Munich in good spirits.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/tennis/fleet-footed-bjorkman-could-also-add-brevity-to-the-murray-camp.123617607

 38 
 on: Yesterday at 09:05 PM 
Started by top_spin - Last post by scotnadian
Did anyone see the joint Hamilton / Vettel interview on the BBC? Funny stuff.

I did.
Their body-language was incredibly interesting. Seb pretend-lazing in his chair, and Lewis' legs jerking like mad.
Competitive talk all the way, too.
Lewis' shades won imho. (the sun ones. lol)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2n7n4h_bbc-f1-2015-when-lewis-hamilton-met-sebastian-vettel-the-interview-2015-bahrain-grand-prix_sport

 39 
 on: Yesterday at 08:56 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Aileen
I would have thought so too BBH but Fed must have his reasons, especially as he says it was already on the cards that he might not play Rome anyway.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:49 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by boogers
It fragments estates

How?

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downgrades the rented stocks, inflates rents to cover increased maintenance costs

How?

Like it or not, property ownership is a fundamental requirement for social mobility in this country. In principle, giving the disadvantaged a step onto the propperty ladder is a good thing. We do after all give the slightly better off help with things like part ownership schemes.

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