Very depressed after watching today's Politics Show. There was this Urban Design Professor named Punter telling us that the apartment blocks in Cardiff Bay are going to be the 'slums of the future'. I was momentarily cheered when the local Assembly Member appeared. Surely she was going to put Punter right. But No. All she did was make it worse. The bay has a "Ghost town feel" according to Lorraine. And to really drive the nail in, it was our block at Century Wharf that was featured on the film. That should knock another £20,000 off the price. thank you Lorraine. One thing that did catch my sensitive ear though. I could have sworn I heard Lorraine talking about landlords being tempted to let these empty flats to the wrong sort of people. Wonder what she could have meant - and her a socialist too. Surely not that we don't want any riff-raff in the Bay.
We bought our flat in Cardiff Bay when I was an Assembly Member - at the top of the market. Mind you we sold our old flat at the top of the market as well, so shouldn't complain too much. I suppose I should have sold it earlier, but we like it, and decided to keep it on for a while as a sort of city bolthole. (But its available for Eisteddfod week if anyone wants to pay a good rent for it.) Its a good job I think Professor Punter and Lorraine are talking total rot. I reckon that the builders will be back in action in the Bay in two or three years time. You'll have to judge for yourselves whether that me trying to talk the price up.
A passing thought though. If I'd made a bucketful of profit on the flat, the interest on which was partly met by the taxpayer when I was an AM, there would have been all these 'outraged' people talking about snouts and troughs and paying the money back. I wonder what they'd think of the idea of the taxpayer covering the loss! And No, I'm not making a serious suggestion.