Is this chart the reason the Red Wall is so grumpy?

in #uk6 months ago

It's a chart of house prices (what else?!), from 2007 to 2021, adjusted for inflation (i.e. "in real terms"). It's worth pointing out that in nominal terms all house prices have risen.


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The parts of the country that have merely kept up with inflation, or have fallen behind, tend to vote Labour, the exception being Devon and Cornwall, a the counties bordering Scotland.

We are always being told that buying property is a good hedge against inflation, but it's not always the case. There are other benefits to home ownership though, especially when you have paid off your mortgage and have no outgoings as regards shelter.

Still, you can see why half the country is grumpy as their main asset fails to keep up with inflation.

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