Cambridge\’s residents used to typify the kind of dandruff-flecked, unworldly academics who put loan sharks out of business. But with the flood of computer and biotech companies, and affluent London commuters, came the age of excessive living.
Hmm, lots of highly paid peoplpe in expanding industries arrive in town.
As we trudge the streets of north Cambridge he\’s forever stopping to exclaim: "How the hell can they afford that?" The scenario that typically provokes his ire is a bog-standard dwelling with a gleaming new Audi Q7 parked outside. His wrath is frequently inflamed by the glimpse of a plasma TV in the front room.
I explain to my spouse that there\’s a small but real possibility that the occupant earns shed-loads of wonga in one of those quasi-professions that crop up on The Apprentice, such as "global pricing leader". Either that, or they\’re up to their eyeballs in debt.
Might the cause be those highly paid people mentioned, not the debt?