Maybe London is a world class megalopolis, but who wants to live in a place like that?

While George Osborne and Boris Johnson are off to China to attract more billionaires to our city, at the Spectator blogs I moan about what runaway housing costs are doing to the city.

One of the things I’ve noticed about the media is that most commentators seen to come from outside London, and so the prospect of having to move out doesn’t bother them, having family and connections elsewhere. I grew up in west London, as did my father and grandmother, and have no real link with anywhere else in Britain, and don’t have any escape plan in the back of my mind. So that probably tinges my view on the subject.

And as the author David Boyle has pointed out, the rising cost of property is also taking out the old-fashioned relaxed aspect of middle class life. Now everything, especially education, is hyper-competitive, because everyone is trying to claw their way out of the shrinking middle class, and there is less time for the more important things in life.

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  1. John Dennis says:

    I sympathise with someone that has had their family roots in London for many years and understand why you would want to stay,  however I believe that most people living in cities outside of London believe the quality of life in their cities to be superior to London.   London is correctly perceived by British “non-Londoners”  as being less friendly, have less community spirit,  and being more stressful,  and more dangerous than living in other parts of the country.   So are there shared personality characterists of people who don’t already have family in London however are willing to  pay much more to live there and “suffer” its disadvantages over other British cities ?  I believe so,  and that by attracting to London the most ambitous and independent people from all over the world ( people willing to move away from their families in China for example)  London will have even less community spirit and become more of a “dog-eat-dog” society.

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