Nick Horne's Monday Morning

Catastrophes, slow burn and flash

THERE are disasters and then there are catastrophes. Some are a slow burn others flash across.

A disaster is when you are in the words of one desperate Kentucky Fried Chicken addict “forced to go to Burger King” as related in a video clip first aired on ITV News last week in London, and promptly went viral.

KFC changed their logistic supplier who was unable to deliver chicken to the KFC shops, some 600 of the 900 outlets were forced to close.

The Metropolitan Police Service of London tweeted that it was not a police matter and pleaded that the emergency services and police should not be called because a menu choice was not available.

DHL kept themselves to themselves while KFC  kept a running gag going with tales of chickens waiting to cross the road but were stuck at the crossing.

This is a disaster that comes and goes in a flash.

Once the chicken’s cold store and the local council concerned signs off on the needed approvals no doubt the chickens will cross the road to the relief of all concerned.

A slow burn is insidious but a disaster none the less.

The total value of London’s property exceeded £1.5 trillion (€1.7 trillion) this year.

Some suburbs of London are worth more than entire countries or even several countries.

Houses sell for more than £100 million (€113.3 million) each, some streets are worth more £1 billion each (€1.3 billion).

For first time buyers setting out to buy their first property perhaps an apartment, a deposit of at least £90,000 (€101,965) must be accumulated plus a mortgage loan of four times income and paid off over 25 years.

People coming to London to work are not just shocked they are astonished that what at first appears a generous pay package is leached away paying for housing and the basic essentials.

The distance of the commute home to work and back has slowly extended further and further from the centre till now it appears the elastic is snapping. The transport systems are noting falling traffic.

Explained away by people walking and cycling rather using the formal transport infrastructure is at least a part of the story.

Of course, London is not the whole of the UK but London is special.

Her allure is the hope of personal success sooner rather than later.

For generations London has delivered on that promise should she fail to do so in future years that would be a catastrophe.

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