On being wrong.

edited July 2013 in General chat
This is not about stroud green, but it's the most interesting newsy thing I've read in ages: http://www.rssenews.org.uk/2013/07/rss-commission-new-research-into-public-perceptions-of-statistics/


  • Tangential, but I thought this crime stats map was interesting: <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/80a228dc-f3fa-11e2-942f-00144feabdc0.html">http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/80a228dc-f3fa-11e2-942f-00144feabdc0.html</a>. My postcode suggests I live in a violent crime hotspot, but I really don't think I do (unless cats attacking each other counts). What do other SGers think - does the map accurately reflect where you live?
  • Seems to be more going on than I assumed on my road, including arson, but not too bad.   I witnessed someone's phone being nicked a month ago on my road.  When I was at the petrol station on Stapleton Hall Road last week, some kids sped off on a moped without paying, which I think is quite common there.   I feel sorry for Mount Pleasant Crescent which seems to have a consistently high rate of a whole range of crime.   There's a fair amount of anti-social behaviour reported which I'm aware of on my road.    Although I think I'm a hair away from getting an ASBO slapped on me because of the noise my dogs make, barking at the plague of tame foxes living near me.<div><br></div>
  • Thanks for this post.  Another myth is about social housing.  Lots of people think that it is heavily subsidized by government but often it's not.  The property I'm in has paid off its mortgage. My rent which is only about £6,000 a year is used to help others into social housing. There are repair bills but that accounts for very little.I'm happy to have got out of paying excessive rent for a room to a landlord who probably inherited the flat from family and is making easy money from it.<div><br></div><div><br></div>
  • edited August 2013
    Indeed; money spent on social housing is treated as if it were a grant, whereas its an investment with a real rate of return, if you wait long enough. It makes me so irritated that the Bank of England has created 375 billion pounds to shore up the banks - the created money ends up as bank deposits - when the same effect regarding the Banks could have been produced by advancing the money at the current interest rate, 0.5 per cent, without limit, to any Housing Association that wanted to borrow to build houses. The Housing Associations would have put the money in the bank pending their use of it to:<div><br></div><div>1. Buy land, then the money ends up in the bank account of the person owning the land</div><div><br></div><div>2. Build the houses which creates employment. (Money ends up in the bank accounts of the builders)</div><div><br></div><div>At the end of which there is a combination of a revenue earning asset, and decent homes at an affordable price... much where social housing had just about got to in 1979...</div>
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