Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

Oxford’s Green Noose in the News

The weekend saw a desultory rally of assorted anti-neighbour groups in Woodstock, following their "parish poll" to decide whether they should continue to oppose new housing near the town. This was reported on by the Oxford Mail, and has generated an assortment of comments. I thought it would be good to post one of my…

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Democracy: All I need is the air that I breathe

Democracy: All I need is the air that I breathe

I’m sure everyone knows that I have what some would call an obsession with rent, of the economic kind rather than the Piccadilly kind frequented by politicians and the like :) It wasn’t always this way. I was once as ignorant as anyone else about the effects of rent on our economy and society. It…

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Vote Labour for a liberal, just economy?

Vote Labour for a liberal, just economy?

Could it be that the best way to achieve an economically liberal Britain might be to get a "mad" left government headed by Corbyn and McDonnell elected? Now sure, ALTER has long touted the LVT-supporting credentials of leading Lib Dem MPs: Clegg, Huhne, Cable, Davey and others have been or are presidents or vice-presidents of…

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Planning: All poverty, no progress

Planning: All poverty, no progress

Last night I attended a debate on Green Belt policy here at Brookes, organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute and mainly, it appears, based on last autumn’s Adam Smith Institute’s research paper “The Green Noose” by Tom Papworth, who was there to defend his work in front of what at times was a hostile…

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Back to the Future…

Wow, three posts in three days. My disdain for the political process is clearly not enough for me to ignore all its ramifications! Of course you decide how much of this, like so many post mortem/what next posts, to give any weight to. The best I can say is that I have never left the…

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Learning from the past

Okay, he was often wrong after he had his appendix out and rejoined the Tories, but in 1908, while fighting that good Liberal seat of Dundee in the by-election of that year, Winston Churchill reminded us that: Liberalism is not Socialism, and never will be. There is a great gulf fixed. It is not only…

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Welcome to the Liberal Mutualists?

So the orgy of voting violence has subsided, the army of apparatchiks (including some conscripts it would appear) has worked through the night to ensure your choice of which gang should impose your will on the rest of us is slowly, tantalisingly, revealed and the peaceful transition of control of the monopoly of force can…

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Millennium Rent more like

Millennium Rent more like

Renting is for losers. Apparently. It is only now that any form of buying is out of reach of so many who a generation ago would have been able to buy, that people have taken up the cause for renters of all classes. As what would have been yuppies in the 80s now see little…

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Law and human rights

Law, properly speaking, is something that can be discoverable by reason, that enacts "justice", which in turn is the rendering to each and everyone of their just rights. To be "equal before the law" is to have these just rights upheld for everyone without discrimination. Something that sets one over another such as force is implied…

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Notes on Rent as Free Market Welfare: 1

Okay, so I said a few weeks ago that I would start using the blog for notes and jottings about things I'm thinking/working on. There's a chance that in a few weeks I may be called on to give a talk to some Oxford students about Land Value Tax. And I've been working up this…

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