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10/04/2007 11:17 AM ID: 65387 Permalink   

One in Three Britons Considers Leaving


According to a YouGov poll at least 1/3 of Britons are thinking about moving away. This number greatly surpasses the number of those convinced that they will stay their whole lives. Last year 200,000 people moved from Britain.

Push factors named included the high cost of housing and the spiralling tax burden on middle class families. Londoners in the 25 to 34 age range were most likely to want to leave.

The UK has been subject to years of rising house prices, 12 months of rising mortgage costs and now the 'credit crunch'. The idea of life abroad with no mortgage is becoming more and more appealing.

    WebReporter: Maxx20 Show Calling Card      
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  My case  
in point for previous posts and debates.

I concerns me very greatly that the UK government *still* pursues policies which attempt to drag everyone down to the 'lowest common denominator'.

It will be very telling in future years that those on the dole in free government housing are having a better time than those working to support them.

In any case, when a country makes it easier to do nothing than to work and raise a family, then compounds it by over-taxing those who work and raise families, simply to further support and encourage those doing nothing, the country will eventually be screwed.

  by: Maxx20     10/04/2007 11:25 AM     
  Move to the US!  
It's the land of opportunity and reasonably priced homes... in certain areas, that is.

Right now, the housing market is a buyer's market. With high inventory, you can buy a brand new pre-constructed home at up to 35% less than you could buy them a year ago. And with the Fed expected to cut interest rates by another quarter-percent, you can get the most bang for your buck!

USA... land of the free, home of the brave, land of opportunity, and land of continuous rate cuts!
It's no wonder everyone from every nation is trying to get into this place; legally... or not.
  by: CArnold     10/04/2007 11:37 AM     
  I'd move to the states in a shot  
But I'd never be able too.

Bloody immigration policy. **knashes teeth and mumbles**

Slim chance I'll be able to get into New Zealand once my gf finishes training.

But yeah, all of my yuppie friends want out.
  by: AnsweringQuestions     10/04/2007 11:40 AM     
  I would have  
moved to the US a few years back. The current administration has removed freedoms and privacy though so I'd never do it now.

I still regard New Zealand, Canada and Australia as viable options though.
  by: Maxx20     10/04/2007 12:04 PM     
Were a police state compared to the US
  by: AnsweringQuestions     10/04/2007 12:18 PM     
I know we're pretty bad, but so far as I know we don't have those fabled 'no-fly' lists one can get on in the US if you disagree with the government and dare show it publicly.

In principle however, yes, I know we're heading down the road of being a Police state.
  by: Maxx20     10/04/2007 03:06 PM     
  I remember reading on here a while back  
from someone in the UK that said it was very important to always keep enough cash for a plane trip home just in case of a medical emergency since the US healthcare system is so bad. Hop on a plane and get back to the UK for any serious health problems or else you will be in financial ruin here. That is unless you dont mind paying through the nose for health insurance here. Which in itself still doesnt guarantee coverage!
  by: slavefortheman     10/04/2007 03:59 PM     
I wouldnt recamend it, yeah its "free", however, the little things are missing, like clean bed covers, clean wards, clean toilets ect.

Anyway, anyone can jump on a plane and get medical care, they never check your actualy entitled to it, and even if they somehow find out, they're never going to be able to bill you for it if you fly back
  by: AnsweringQuestions     10/04/2007 04:12 PM     
  Is Race A Factor  
Can anyone in Britian tell me if racial matter play a factor in this exodus & if so, is it mostly whites anglo-saxons wanting to leave.

In just the last week, Australia has suspended refuges from Africa due to racial tensions, African crime gangs & apparently their late of proper intergration
  by: acrux   10/04/2007 04:43 PM     
  @ CArnold  
ARGGGH!!! REASonably priced my ass!!! Phoenix housing prices keep rising because all the yahoo idiots from california keep moving here. GO BACK TO CALI YOU 800,000 dollar house bastards!!! I wanted to buy my house for 220k, but no, because we have this influx of yuppies into this state. Don't ever tell anyone else to move to the USA you'll only make housing prices go up, DUH!!!!
  by: meshuggahfan   10/04/2007 06:07 PM     
  I would love to just leave but is the grass greene  
"It will be very telling in future years that those on the dole in free government housing are having a better time than those working to support them." Max.

What about those that have an illness that restricts them from having the normal working life? And need medical advice or help, this country makes this all but impossible! Even when you offer to use a loan to get medical information to assists it is dammed awkward!

  by: captainJane     10/04/2007 06:15 PM     
  Of course we're thinking of leaving!  
We have terrible weather and most of us can't afford somewhere to actually live. The UK sucks at the moment.
  by: barryriley   10/04/2007 07:03 PM     
This is just what the U.S. needs -- a massive influx of conservatives. With funny accents.
  by: l´anglais     10/04/2007 07:32 PM     
Except were all rich (or will be when we sell our homes), we all earn loads, and we all think 30% is a low basic tax rate.

We should be your ideal citizens
  by: AnsweringQuestions     10/04/2007 07:42 PM     
I do not think the US or Australia would be the answer, the world is a mess where is safe now?

How about we get an Island of our own with our own leaders of this site,LOl.
We would stand more of a chance!
  by: captainJane     10/04/2007 07:45 PM     
Why get another Island, there is a perfectly good one under our feet.

All we need to do is band together and create a political party of our own. Then we can all work towards a better future!
  by: Anglo_Englishman   10/04/2007 07:48 PM     
I'm coming to stay at your house, am going to convert to incredibly conservative views, and am going increase the strength of my accent just to piss you off. Oh, and I never clean the bathroom!
  by: barryriley   10/05/2007 12:14 AM     
  U.S no go with current administration  
U.S is a no go with current administration - we shall see how Obama or Clinton do with the country for it to become even a remotely viable option. But its unlikely since many of the serious isses with the US are more than apparant.

Until then Ive been born in London, lived there all my life and honestly canada seems like a wonderful option.. or perhaps New Zealand. Remote, not involved with idiotic global issues and peaceful. I dont see myself living in the UK past my 30s - far too expensive for no real reason. Better to earn, save up and gos omewhere else and live like a King.
  by: VSwift   10/05/2007 02:39 AM     
  @the above  
@acrux; racially motivated gangs are an issue, but nothing compared to the wider social problems in the UK. The biggest social 'fear factor' is likely the chavs taking over council estates and destroying everything around them or the gun crime fuelled by drugs and gangs.

@Jane; yes, I agree that certain people need the help i.e. medical conditions like you stated. However, people with medical conditions aren't causing the problem, it's chavs. They all live in council or council subsidised housing, either don't work or work occasionally, cause £££ of damage to their area with graffiti, crime and drink fuelled rampages and finally, they re-produce.

In short, in my opinion, the parasitic element of UK society is growing at an alarming rate. Factor in all the money that needs to be committed to Policing them, cleaning up their mess and replacing what they've destroyed, it's getting out of control.
  by: Maxx20     10/05/2007 11:47 AM     
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