(Original post by Josb)
The housing problem can be explained by the massive speculation from foreign investors, as well as a bit of money laundering and tax avoidance. It struck me last year when some flats in a big building were auctioned in London; they said that many buyers were located in Greece (which was at the climax of their debt crisis...).
Leaving the EU would decrease the prices by 15% in London - I read it somewhere - but the prices could even lower if the government prevented people located abroad from buying housing units in the UK.
Hmm, interesting points that I hadn't previously heard of.
Do you think the potential decrease in house prices is a reason to stay in or leave the EU? (I'm pretty sure I know your answer, but just checking.)
There is also an architectural problem, as it seems that you don't build very high, so space is not rationally used.
The construction of high-rise buildings outside London is very tightly restricted, which somewhat hinders any real effort at building proper apartment blocks. Where it does happen, they usually build a single eyesore in the middle of a lot of little buildings -- there's a few pictures of this online, I believe.
I've definitely told you this before on a thread about foods, where you incredulously asked me why I'd never had bacon, which I then explained in terms of my upbringing.
There's nothing wrong with it -- I just think it's funny. xD But yeah, I am kinda jealous that I can't do it.
In different company, I'd make a sheep joke at this point, but that kind of requires a lot of background detail. :3