May 1st, 2014

Labour Reverse Ferret Over RICS Cock-Up

Ed Miliband is ignoring questions from broadcasters on whether the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors supports his rent caps policy following Guido’s story this morning. They have however rowed back considerably in a statement to Guido. Clarifying their earlier claim that RICS is “examining what an appropriate benchmark might be”, Labour now admit:

“RICs are developing proposals on long term tenancies and rent reviews linked to inflation or market rents as part of their Code of Practice for the Industry. We will look to build on their conclusions as we work with the industry to implement this policy in government.”

Which, RICS point out, does not mention benchmarking. They say “We do not recommend that a government introduce a ceiling on rent increases” and that rent caps are “not a solution”. That went well then…


75 Comments

  1. 1
    Nigel Evans says:

    But I’m the cock-up meister!

  2. 2
    Rickytshirt says:

    Apology??

  3. 3
    Only big hairy women need apply! says:

  4. 4
    Labour Fail says:

    The rent ceiling falls in on Labour.

  5. 5
    Shooty* says:

    They will be made to suffer, once merciful Ed is in charge.

  6. 6
    nell says:

    Nigel Farage is a typical sports fan.

    He likes football, cricket and racism.

  7. 7
    Drummond Base says:

    Labour’s policies are like UKIP candidates. They collapse under scrutiny.

  8. 8
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I’m all for it, better than the usual bricklayers arse that gets displayed and they can wolf whistle me, I won’t take offence.

  9. 9
    Confused says:

    And, obviously, they’ll be encouraging many more men to be midwives?

  10. 10
    Gordon McDoom says:

    I am pleased to see that my successor is continuing the same fuck up organisation that I ran.

  11. 11
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

  12. 12
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Introducing a limit on rent increases would incentivise landlords to leave property empty, rather than let it at a low rent.

  13. 13
    albacore says:

    Oh, my – treat the symptoms and not the disease
    Miliband and Cameron – ain’t they a tease!
    They’d never dream of stopping immigration
    It’s got nowt to do with that rent inflation

  14. 14
    Bill Quango MP says:

    No matter how hard he tries he will never be able to beat the incompetent, dysfunctional government that you presided over.

    It was a master class in fuckuppery.

  15. 15
    Jerry the merderer Adamz says:

    *nervous gulp*

  16. 16
    Mitch says:

    Not sure about that, but they might stop maintaining their property, which would be a problem for the tenant.

  17. 17
    king Joffrey says:

    You made me look competent.

  18. 18
    Alistair Campbell says:

    We don’t do Good.

  19. 19
    C.O.Jones says:

    Funny how Labour want to control rent increases yet when they were in power for 13 years my council tax increases were always more than double the rate of inflation. On one occasion the increase was over 500% the rate of inflation.

  20. 20
    Will says:

    Impose a rent cap and landlords and letting agents will charge an application fee and other fees such as fee for garden maintenance or the building maintenance fee etc. in some cases if you look on zoopla this occurs already. So landlords will get around the rent limits; or they will decid not to rent the property out at all or use one of the Internet sites that get round this

  21. 21
    He was clearly medded up to the brim when he did this performance says:

  22. 22
    Martin McGuinness says:

    This news is a bloddy killer.

  23. 23
    CBR100RR says:

    I support the labour party. UKIP are a disgrace.

  24. 24
    Al*x Wickham says:

    I said to the girl in the shop: ‘I want to buy a hat.’ She said: ‘Fedora?’ I said: ‘No, for myself.’

  25. 25
    Nigel Farage says:

    Well done Mum!

  26. 26
    Bill Quango MP says:

    And why would we want too?

    Is the implication ladies. Dint like mud, sludge, cement, paint, heavy machinery, physical labouring or working outside from dawn to dusk because there is a “sexist” atmosphere?

  27. 27
    lojolondon says:

    He clearly never met a kid in his life!

  28. 28
    Alex Salmond says:

    Vote for me.

  29. 29
    Taffita says:

    Because the Welsh aren’t racist to the English at all, are they?

  30. 30
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Mine too. They said it was good for he country.

    Also, didn’t a certain mad chancellor leave stamp duty bands where they were so causing millions of people to take out larger mortgages to pay his bill?

  31. 31
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Evn for wales it’s a surprise when the granny is the looker of the bunch.

  32. 32
    Gordon McBreath says:

    I may have been going nowhere but I was never drunk.

  33. 33
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Put up shed in’t back garden
    Now a home to half a thasan’d
    Some don’t like the cap in hand
    Cos they think it’s stealing the land!

  34. 34
    Stella Creasy says:

    Hard, dirty, dangerous work is always soooo sexist. It’s as if there’s a glass ceiling stopping women applying. What women need are all-women shortlists and cheerleaders from the Job Centre telling them not to be so fucking lazy.

  35. 35
    Jeremy Sportscar says:

    I said enigma. ENIGMA !!!

  36. 36
    Fishy says:

    ‘Ed Miliband is ignoring questions from broadcasters…’

    Not asked by the BBC’s La Coburn, on the Daily Brillo’. She couldn’t be bothered to ask that most obvious question of Sad Dick Khan’t.

    But Coburn showed on HIGNFY that her instinct is to defend Labour politicians. Obviously she didn’t want to embarrass him.

  37. 37
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Make women stupider and less honest, somehow?

  38. 38
    Sir Bentley Pauncefoot (deceased) says:

    Of course, any rent control would be disapplied in the case of an MP renting out his or her subsidised house or flat, especially to a fellow MP.

    It’s the right thing to do.

  39. 39
    Little Berk says:

    #tumbleweed

  40. 40
    SubHuman says:

  41. 41
    Little Berk says:

    CCHQ tumbleweed

  42. 42
    C.O.Jones says:

    Exactly. They introduced HIPS as well, selling my last property added £350 to the bill for no benefit to either myself or the buyer.
    They introduced student tuition fees that now saddles students on a 3 years course with a £27K debt before they even start work (you need to add student loans to this sum so most students have debt of approx £50K before entering the workforce).
    Labour are filled with deception and hypocrisy!

  43. 43
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    A triumph of longevity and experience of the real world :-)

  44. 44
    Religious Nutter Watch (2nd attempt) says:

    If they don’t want to provide the British public what they want they will deserve to go bankr*pt.

    (Sorry about the use of the B word, Guido. One day you’ll have to tell us why it is such a touchy subject.)

  45. 45
    Little Berk says:

    You are about as funny as that bearded lefty ponce Russel Brand, are you he?

  46. 46
    The Labour Party says:

    Is that an English word? It’s not one we have come across before.

  47. 47
    Will says:

    Nice to see Owen jones has already got an article in the guardian blaming the evil Tories etc and the comments sound like a student debating society. The fact is that rent controls would mean that landlords would simply decide that the hassle of renting would not be worth it and not rent. Instead either sell it or leave an empty property so it could just go up in value.

    I like the comments evil renters boo hiss etc theiving scum etc tenants good etc. I have had tenants next to me and at least 3 lots over the last 16 years have done a runner and in one case left the property a mess

  48. 48
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Who’s in charge at Subway? Ayatollah Khalif Ramadam, I hope and expect they have just committed commercial suicide, their only hope is to change the name to Salamway.

  49. 49
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Another in the long line of soundbite politics. Another one this morning is the emergence of the ‘fact’ that people cannot afford a decent diet. Soundbite after soundbite after soundbite and nothing substantial as a policy. I really am looking forward to Sky TV poverty, new mobile phone poverty, designer clothes poverty and the ultimate, overseas holiday poverty. These clowns don’t know what poverty is.

  50. 50
    The two Muppets says:

    The man is a raving lunatic ,I do not blame him but I do blame Balls,
    Miliband senior and junior who bottled out of getting rid of him when
    they had the chance ,

  51. 51
    SIZE 15 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    WHY would anybody want to eat that shit anyway?

  52. 52
    what a joke says:

    Is this why Sadiq Khan was getting so stroppy on The Daily Politics?
    Because the policy Labour announced in the morning had already been
    exposed as a total fuck-up by lunch-time.

  53. 53
    helpful suggestion says:

    Every attack on UKIP only strengthens people’s resolve to vote for them.

  54. 54
    More Balls says:

    Proposing that rents are benchmarked to … errrm … ‘market rents’ … Crikey what genius !

  55. 55
    Jim says:

    They have become our only hope for Honest Government.

  56. 56
    Jim says:

    I am surprised at the level of racism shown in Wales. Is this a moving BBC audience?

  57. 57
    Brane sell says:

    That fellow may have been pissed out of his head, but he was also very fit to keep climbing those stairs at that rate. Bet not many on here could do that!

  58. 58
    Tory says:

    It’s a thing you do when the wife Catchs’ you with the Maid, not sure you’ll understand old bean.

    Old Cleggers apparently used it when he lied about tuition fees, me I tell so many porkies I don’t feel the need.

  59. 59
    Underneath the arches says:

    Subway pandering to an imported vociferous minority. The proper response is to simply boycott their establishments – starting today – and let them rot on the vine (ooh, can I say that on here. Is wine halal?)

  60. 60
    Ukips tell more lies that David Cameron and Tony Blair rolled into one. says:

    Ironic since they tell more lies. What do they do with all that cash, all the cash from the EU Government.

  61. 61
    Property Cost good for the rich bad for the rest says:

    Firstly I am left wing.

    I agree the rent cap isn’t the best idea, but we do need to do something to make housing affordable. I am open to ideas but so far only this one has been suggested. So far only Labour are suggesting any solution.

    I don’t know why anyone would leave a property empty just to spite rent cap. The lost revenue even if capped would surely cause greater problems for the property owner.

    If it did then force property owners to sell however this can only be a good thing, increase the supply to match or outstrip demand. Can only at time when the cost of housing is increasingly out of reach for us young folk be a good thing.

    If it does

  62. 62
    Rob says:

    Rent controls are loved by middle-class Lefties because they know EXACTLY how to game a corrupt system and get top property for peanuts for the rest of their lives.

  63. 63
    cbr100rr says:

    Eat me, old lady.

  64. 64
    Inconvenient Truth says:

    Since ’04 the UK population has risen by 4 million. By 2028 it’s expected to pass 70 million. In essence, in less than 25 years that’s nearly 11 Birmingham’s needed to be built just to keep-up with population growth. Of course we haven’t kept up and now we find ourselves in this High Demand/Rent predicament. To those who called people that said “Britain’s full” racists, you’ve been proved to be both lairs and idiots. We ARE full.

    Stop unrestricted Immigration,
    Stop Child Benefit after TWO kids,
    Build more Council Houses (and don’t sell them),
    Compulsory Purchase ALL building land not built on after 2 years.

    There already is a Housing Benefit limit set by my Council. The only reason why it’s out of control is because of London and the S.E. but that’s where all the (alleged) jobs are and hence that’s where the Demand is highest. A destructive symbiosis. We need to re-balance the UK and stop this London-centric/S.E. fetish we seem to have at the moment.

  65. 65
    Mr Magnanimous says:

    Yes – can we move all the immigrants to Newcastle? They might identify a couple of decent footballers in the mix.

  66. 66
    Optional Eels says:

    The only cap you want in a cock up is a Dutch one and they don’t work either….

  67. 67
    Post hoc says:

    …and a large dose of ineptitude. The problem is not the legislation (their usual panacea) but the fact that the position is unequal. No matter how long the contract minimum length is, an unprincipled landlord or agent can still get out of it. Tenants have no protection under the law and agents are NOT liable. What needs to happen is that the laws as they stand, are implemented properly and that agents are held to account for lies and unprofessional services.

    Typical Millibore soundbyte. RICS wouldn’t know a benchmark if it jumped up and bit them. Government is full of benchmarks that are no sodding use.

    Red Ed reliant on useless consultants as usual. Still as little Ed lives in a £3m mansion, he is never likely to worry about this. Perhaps he’s more worried about Cable’s designs on his property assets!

  68. 68
    broderick crawford says:

    This from a man who set up a Sarah anGordon NON PROFIT Trust that allegedly by sone trick of the light manages to justify an inordinate proportion of its income on first class flights and five star hotels .

    ( tone says — yeah but i m EASILY still the expenses Daddy ! )

  69. 69
    broderick crawford says:

    Did “Axle ” just write off his “big end ” ??

  70. 70
    broderick crawford says:

    pramface on the left behind the railing looks well pregnant .

    Either that or too many jammie dodgers on bennies .

  71. 71
    broderick crawford says:

    Gordo s still got good gnashers for his age …are they his own ?

    Or did he have new implants of them also when he was captured by alien spaceship and was officially AWOL for two days thst year just before the pensions – grab Budget ?

  72. 72
    ron Vibbentrop says:

    FUCK SUBWAY. Get the animal rights people on to them for cruel slaughter of animals. Will their female staff start wearing the burkha? Will they continue to employ infidels in their shabby little shops?

  73. 73
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Who cares what they did with an ALLOWANCE that does not have to be accounted for?

  74. 74
    The Critic says:

    Free sex change operations for bricklayers?

  75. 75
    1girlsrant says:

    Hahahaha monumental cock up. So glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks his proposal was the biggest load of shite…


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