Re: This isn't the Brexit we voted for.
The cost of living has almost nothing to do with the size of the population or its growth rate. The rises in interest rates (and therefore mortgages) is a direct consequence of government policy.
Uhuh.. So it costs the same to service a population of 60m as it does for 70m? There are no additional costs or demands on schools, hospitals, transportation, housing costs, water or energy suppy etc etc..
Energy prices have rocketed, partly because of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, but also because government policy pegs the price of electricity to wholesale gas price on international markets.
So government policy, which being goverment policy, government could correct. But the problem started long before the UK and EU decided to sanction itself. I mean Russia. Insist on 'investing' in 'renewables' which are intermittent, unreliable and expensive. So the UK's wasted something like £200bn doing this so far. Because they're weather dependent, when we get weather systems like we've had for the last couple of weeks, there's no wind. So we had to invest in gas as well to provide backup. So the rush to go 'Green' increased the dependency on gas. Electricity bills have been rising long before we decided to ban ourselves from buying Russian gas (which we didn't anyway) and not exploit our own natural resources for energy security. Energy is an input cost to pretty much everything, so as that's increased in price (not necessarily cost), inflation and the cost of living have increased. An increased population just increases demand, and makes the supply problem worse. There's no incentive to increase supply or reduce prices because that hits profits.
India, you may notice has not wasted much money on 'renewables' because it's smart enough to know that relying on pre-industrial forms of generation is an insane policy that our ancestors dumped at the first opportunity.
Housing costs are going through the roof (excuse the pun) because it's government policy to build fewer houses than meets demand.
The government doesn't build houses.
Food prices have gone up because of increased energy costs, worse exchange rates, higher transport/import duties as well as Brexit
Yes, energy costs have played a big part in making UK produce more expensive. Exchange rates, less so GBP's at $1.27 vs (from memory) $1.18 at Brexit when the world was supposed to end. In theory, the UK no longer has to follow EU agricultural policy, and farmers are still waiting for the bonfire of red tape. Transport costs are in part fuel related as a result of duty and taxs. But we're also now free from EU quotas and can import produce from say, Australia, New Zealand or the Commonwealth in general.. who's economies suffered a lot when we decided to join the 'Common Market'. The government is also in control of it's own import duties and taxes.
Inflation is not the same as the cost of living. Inflation is caused by having too much money in the economy chasing after too few goods or services.
M1 and M2 are aspects, which were not helped by QE and free money. But there are other elements, like wage and price inflation. Or insane policies that price 'renewables' based on the price of gas, because wind and solar use soo much gas as an input cost.. Handy for generating windfall profits though.
Inflation's got fuck all to do with "indexing to the price of energy". Whatever that means.
It means you know nothing about the energy market, or the CfD regime. On the one handy, the 'renewables' lobby tells us their product is getting ever cheaper, on the other, their CfDs are indexed linked. So if they're right, and their costs are really falling, indexed contracts are just easy profits. If they're right, they should accept an RPI or CPI- adjustment to reflect the falling cost and encourage efficiency savings.
No matter. Just blame all of this shit-show on immigrants. It's much easier than facing up to reality.
Nope, I pointed out that they're part of the problem. Skilled workers add value to the economy by doing useful work. Non-workers just cost the economy. Trade was an exclusive (in)competence of the EU, which means trade policy and agreements had to be negotiated between 28 member states with vastly different economies and economic interests. Now, they're bilateral deals between the UK and <whoever>. The UK can negotiate (or try to negotiate) a deal that's best for the UK, not best for Germany, France, Poland etc etc. Any incompetence in those deals will be exclusively the UK's problem.