House Price Crash Forum Member Writes To The Bank Of England

I admire people that take proactive approaches to represent their stance on a certain subject they feel passionate about. Rally leaders, political figures, even hippy protestors in masses- those people make things happen. But when you’re witnessing a lone ranger outsourcing a feeble letter to a powerful organisation, which for part doesn’t even make sense, it’s kind of like watching a beetle struggle on it’s back. Only the beetle has a red nose with size 20 yellow shoes on.

If you find a hair in your soup, you write a degrading letter, cursing at the chef and his/her mum. Hell, even smear some anthrax on the envelope. At the end of it, you may even get invited back to the same ol’ shitty restuarant for a free meal for you and a partner. Err…problem with the Bank Of England– perhaps a snotty letter just won’t cut the mustard.

Here’s a letter that was writen by a HPC member to the Bank Of England. It’s pretty incredible. Have a lookski…

waitingfor hpc (HPC member) wrote:

House Price Crash Forum Member Writes To The Bank Of England- The Letter

The Response:

Hello

Thank you for your enquiry.

I would emphasise that the purpose of the scheme is to help improve the liquidity position of the banking system and raise confidence in financial markets while ensuring that the risk of losses on the loans they have made remains entirely with the banks. The whole focus is on underpinning the liquidity of the UK banking system. Financial markets are not working normally and without action, there is a risk that this will have an impact on the wider economy.
It is not a bail-out in any sense and it’s misleading to describe it as such.
As you may recognise from the details of the facility – we are swapping assets with the banks of equivalent value – with margins applied by the Bank. This is about the liquidity of assets, not their soundness.

Our announcement may be seen in full over here (page on the Bank of England website has since been removed).

Yours sincerely
Malcolm Shemmonds

You can read the whole thing – including a comment thread which started to turn bitter right here

Needless to say, a few of the members lapped it up and joined the revolution by sending in more letters. I’m sure they’ll eventually make an impact! No, really! Perhaps the monkey the BoE employs to respond to the abundance of emails they probably get on a regular basis will eventually give a shit. The other HPC members, well, they just pointed and laughed in true grammar-Nazi manner, claiming that the poor chap couldn’t possibly be English with such illiterate ability.

Hey, I’m not a grammar-Nazi myself. I mean, I make mistakes all-fucking-day long. But hey, I would even give the courtesy of using Microsoft Word to check my spelling when complaining to waiting for hpc’s mum about his poor grammar. Know what I mean?

Anyways, this is honestly how I think the conversation went at the Bank Of England Head Office. What do you think?

House Price Crash Forum Member Writes To The Bank Of England

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techpunk 22nd June, 2011 @ 17:52

liked the cartoon!
i recently joined the hpc forum .....and after a couple of weeks was banned, because they didn't like what i had to say. fair enough, i thought, until i wanted to delete my profile. then found out i couldn't, so contacted the forum administrators to ask them to do so. have they, after repeated emails. no. they simply changed my forum settings to "you are not allowed to access this forum"....which of course i can, if i am not logged in!...strange lot.
incidently, the reason i wanted disengaged from the forum was because i was banned for taking offence to the blatant sexism on the site, and commented (i thought quite humorously) about the frankly outrageous comments of a certain member (ccc....he is some character, i tell thee!) regarding his sexualisation and sexual appetite of/ for school children!
anyway, i do keep reading. it makes me feel better about myself when i feel down!
again: great cartoon!

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Brendan 23rd September, 2015 @ 23:08

Great cartoon, very pertinent.

Despite three failed registrations and lurking there nearly a decade I'm not yet even honored by a ban, presumably using a business email as an address makes me the perpetrator of their oppression.

Shame really, there are some great writers there, with a lot of knowledge in and outside of the property market - albeit with rather laddish humour at times. Don't think all HPcers are disaffected students renting above chip shops.

Easy to laugh at them, but housing is stupidly overvalued in the Uk now, at great social cost, both to the life renters and DHSS.

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