London - A First Rate City in a Second Rate Country

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#2
London is more or less a city state , take London out of the uk and what have you got ?

Belgium that what .
 

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#4
I always thought it was a second rate city in a first rate country - and I live in London.
 
#5
The London centric politics driven by all our traditional parties has bled the UK dry to London's benefit. If the process doesn't reverse soon there will be bloodshed.
 
#8
I quite like the idea of a March on London, mobs of crazed peasants driving the investment bankers and digital media developers from their overpriced bars and cafés, setting merry torch to the Tate Modern etc.
 
#9
I quite like the idea of a March on London, mobs of crazed peasants driving the investment bankers and digital media developers from their overpriced bars and cafés, setting merry torch to the Tate Modern etc.
......only to have their spokesman, a Mr Tyler perhaps, stabbed to death by Boris Johnson during peace negotiations.
 
#10
London is the only city in the world that everybody feels like a foreigner.

Think of all that Russian "laundered" money propelling the property market into fantasy prices that only other "bussinessmen" can affford. Wait for the banks to open in Cypress and we'll see new record prices in the market. Hanover Lodge sold £120m only for the new owner to start to knock it down so he can have a bigger pool and spa. Stupid. Probably paid less stamp duty than most due to the offshore ownership loophole.
 
#13
I always thought it was a second rate city in a first rate country - and I live in London.
I'd had it down as a third rate city in a second rate country which has some first rate bits to it.

An appalling shithole of a place, filled with more than the national average of *******.
 
#14
I was born in the place and every time I go back I'm grateful my parents took us out of the shithole.

It's a vortex sucking the life out of the rest of the UK.
 
#15
The article was brilliant, especially with the comments section unsurprisingly being populated by gushing northern monkeys.

Interestingly the people who go on about Londoners being ******* come across as profound ******* themselves, especially since their comments are peppered with terms like "ragheads".

I think it's brilliant, so much quality music/eateries/watering holes/parties/other events and too much fanny to keep up with.

The London centric politics driven by all our traditional parties has bled the UK dry to London's benefit. If the process doesn't reverse soon there will be bloodshed.
A north south divide riot?

That's a new one I've read on the internet.
When will it be? There are quite a few riots predicted on the internet, will it be before the racial tension riot? After the next student riot? Or between the wealth gap and anti banking riot?
 
#16
London as it today is not really a single place: best to think of it as a vast collection of villages that have overlapped.

The only place in central London that generally feels like it is not an utter tourist and tourist tat infested shit hole is the City of London, as defined. That is merely a Den of Iniquity.
 
#17
I like London. I've been here for almost 2 years. The rest of the UK is too quiet for me. Nice, but still boring. I don't think I could live in any other place in the U.K. for more than 6 months before I get really bored. But again, I am the sort who likes big cities having grown up in Chicago and NYC for a good part of my life when young.

I only wish the f-ers extended the closing time of the tube, waay too early for a major city. I know it's old and everything but if you're willing to do it (and spend money) am sure it's possible.
 
#18
However, having said that I think everything is too concentrated in just London. It's not spread out like in other countries with different places being power centers for the different things (like politics, finance, arts etc. etc.).
 
#19
However, having said that I think everything is too concentrated in just London. It's not spread out like in other countries with different places being power centers for the different things (like politics, finance, arts etc. etc.).
And that, my friend, is the crux of the issue.
 
#20
Britain's happiest places to live

1. Harrogate

2. Stockport

3. Ipswich

4. Exeter

5. St Albans

6. Kingston upon Thames

7. Bath

8. Worcester

9. Bromley

10. Truro


Britain's unhappiest places to live

1. East London

2. Croydon

3. East central London

4. Ilford

5. South-east London

6. Enfield

7. North-west London

8. West London

9. Dudley

10. North London


Source: Rightmove.co.uk
 

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