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Old 11.01.2019, 13:26
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The time frame I calmed was the last 50 years, stop trying to twist what I am saying. You know perfectly well since 1880 or 1969 standard of living has increased in the UK.

Any recent reduction can probably be blamed on over use of easy credit, which was not easily available in 1969.
Credit is exactly what has brought us to the so-called better standard of living. Want a new car? Sure, here's a car loan. How about a second, third telly? Just pop them on HP. New fridge? Don't aim so low, why not get a whole new kitchen with the full range of imported appliances; all you need to do is extend your mortgage a little bit.

Those options weren't widely available in 1969 (or 1880).

Yet, despite the growth in consumption and mindless acquisition (which it seems you take as a proxy for living standards), most people would agree that over the last 50 years the efficiency of public services in the UK has deteriorated badly, people feel less safe, and the working population has longer commutes (due largely to housing unaffordability) and are more stressed than ever. But Brexit will solve all that.
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