Why is the cost of living in Britain so high?

Britain is fast becoming one of the most expensive countries in the world to live. Today, in The Times, a report claims that, in terms of price per MB dowloaded, the cost of broadband in the UK is much higher than anywhere else in Europe and people living in outlying rural areas are being mislead about the speed of service which they can receive. At the same time, a report claims that train companies are coluding over fare rises; the average "walk-on" fare on Virign trains from London to Manchester is now almost the equivalent of the air fare from London to New York. Do we blame overzealous, greedy UK firms or are there much more complex economics involved?

Asked By: Christopher P - 6/30/2007
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I'm surprised there are so many racists answering this question - but their ignorance shows in the poverty of their answers (I think that is is just an accurate statement by the way, not abuse). Immigration has helped keep down price inflation in the UK by doing jobs that UK people dont want to do and facilitating... More
Answered By: inthetrade - 6/30/2007
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cos someone has to pay for the immigrants to have new cars and phones etc
Answered By: ஐ♥Chemical Romance♥ஐ - 6/30/2007
Blame Labour!
Answered By: Get Orf Moi Land - 6/30/2007
they increase prices so they can take the tax and give it away to immigrants basically
Answered By: sammie_7x - 6/30/2007
down to more and more taxes imposed on the business community which are passed on to the consumer who then need a pay rise so its a vicious circle created by government
Answered By: minty359 - 6/30/2007
tax so that we can pay for all the imigrants to have council houses and flash cars
Answered By: izzabellesangels - 6/30/2007
We are supposed to have a free market economy but the government keeps meddling and putting controls on things when there is no need. Plus they have to hire an army of civil servants to administer all the laws and regulations. This all forces prices up.
Answered By: malcolm g - 6/30/2007
Cos the bloody government insist on us paying excessive taxes on just about anything we do or buy or earn etc.. It's time we all took a stand and said "Oi Brown bugger off" you fat scottish rip off merchant..
Answered By: ANDY F - 6/30/2007
Governments are only interested in getting re-elected... More
Answered By: luludoodie - 6/30/2007
For a start this has nothing to do with immigrants and anyone who suggests it is, is simply an uneducated bigot. The purchase price of items is high, so begins the spiral. Expectation of goods we want/need/demand is there, but wages have to be high to give us the required purchasing power. Landlords also have to keep... More
Answered By: John A - 6/30/2007
It's more than UK firms but not that complex. The British system is becoming more and more socialistic by the day. Your NHS is a classic example. Socialist programs cost lots of money. Your taxes are high, and businesses' taxes are high. Businesses pass on their extra costs to you, because they still feel as if they... More
Answered By: Blindman - 6/30/2007
The answer is not immigration, sorry but whoever said that is just .... lets say they shouldn't be answering questions about ecomonics. it is probably due to high inflation in britian. high inflation causes cost of living higher. Many can not meet the demands
Answered By: bhai j - 6/30/2007
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