19 comments on “Why we don\’t take our economic policies from French rent boys

  1. You needed a pripska (residence permit) to live where you were: if this was revoked, you could be forced to move anywhere. An effective tool of oppression, as pesky dissidents could be exiled to the kolkhoz in short order if required. If you fancy a good laugh, the first chapter of The Liberators by Viktor Suvorov explores some of these issues 🙂

  2. ‘Property is theft’, he opines. Can’t see why the ‘Guardian’ thought he’d be able to add something to the debate, can you?

  3. JuliaM: Doubtless he’s full of such Gallic nonsense – and not just Proudhon’s idiocy. The Guardian loves a little continental pseudo-intellectualism.

  4. So at a casual reading we have a young lady making a plea for her own private apartment- her problem is basically that she hasn’t the money. And a plea for the abolition of private property. Can’t have both!

  5. Spending two-thirds of your income just to have a place to sleep is something most people still find normal in London and are ready to do.

    Yes, because they are _in London_, and don’t have to mix with hoi palloi on public transport getting there and the extra expense.

    The smart people move out of London and travel instead. This is not the first time I’ve heard a terminal whinger ask, before getting on the clue train, why premium property is not cheaper.

  6. Is he kidding?
    Landlords LOVE prostitutes. They keep the place nice and clean, pay cash and are easy to evict.
    The worst tenants, traditionally, were nurses. But I think they’ve been overtaken by graduate students (according to my plumber’s wife).

  7. PhD students are all right in my experience, as long as you avoid anyone studying law, business or economics.

  8. My Great Aunt was the manager of a Mayfair letting agency during WW2. She had some wonderful stories about rent collection – and, being a good social economist, usually required bribing with decent wine before disclosure.

  9. Dearieme: No, watch out for the PPEs. You know where they’re gonna end up. The Romans had the best idea: strangle ’em and leave ’em on the hillside. Kinder to them and to the rest of us.

  10. I’m sure there must be a word which describes that gasping for breath because you’re laughing at one thing and then see something which you also have to laugh at. That word describes what I felt when I read:

    “After a series of unfortunate events, including being given notice to quit by my landlady, I found myself homeless and with a four-month-old baby.”

    and

    “Most landlords are not happy to have a sex worker for tenant, ”

    I’ve saved a copy of this Guardian page. I suspect it might become viral. Well, it will if I have anything to do with it.

  11. The rest is brilliant:

    “Many buildings are empty because rich people need more money in the bank. Owners prefer to keep their property empty: this increases demand for accommodation, thus raising the cost of renting.”

    Because tens of thousands of landlords is clearly a monopoly and empty properties make more money than full ones. Stupid Frenchie.

  12. I have to say I am disappointed. I always assumed French prostitutes were a cut above our own. More sophisticated. More aware. More literate.

    Oh well. Another illusion about France busted.

  13. I’ve run into a boatload of soi disant Euro-intellectuals and their bovine, lock-step stupidity is quite hair-raising. There’s no cause for complacency, either. That their idiocy will see them marched into hell a few decades ahead of the Anglosphere doesn’t mean we’ll avoid the same fate.

    First thing we do, let’s kill all the Gramscians.

  14. Hugo: Yes, I couldn’t quite see how maintaining empty buildings resulted in more money in the bank relative to getting paying tenants into them. The way I see it, if you are fortunate enough to own two (similar, to keep the numbers easy) rental properties, keeping one of them empty is unlikely to more than double the rent of the other one. But then, I can be dreadfully uncreative in that way.

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