On Degrees of Patriotism, and Union.

I readily admit that I am no great fan of patriotism. I was brought up in so many different places that by the time I was eleven I had been to eight different schools in four different places that were each (or in the case of Scotland, felt themselves to be) nations in their own…

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Universal Basic Landlord Subsidy

There’s quite a bit of chatter about so called “Universal Basic Income” again in some of the circles I frequent. It’s a simplistic policy, easy to understand but difficult to sell to the people who will feel like they are funding something for nothing for others. And it can do more harm than good if not coupled with wholesale reform of the tax system to stop fining people from doing economically beneficial things – such as working or investing to produce goods and services, or trading: things we want to encourage.

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Finally, a real Georgist!

Finally, a real Georgist!

Buried in my previous post I made a pretty shocking, for me at least, admission: after twenty or so years a fan of Henry George's "single tax" - the collection for public use of the rent of land instead of private appropriation and taxing incomes and capital and so on - I have finally managed…

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DGTBA #2: The soul of liberalism

DGTBA #2: The soul of liberalism

What with all these people braying that one person must be in the wrong party, or should be thrown out of the one he’s been in and worked for for a couple of decades, because of a conscientious decision made nearly two years ago now and communicated to his party’s leadership even before being re-elected…

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A wrong step in the right direction

A wrong step in the right direction

According to a "Guardian exclusive" the Labour party has plans to get land for housing on the cheap by making landowners sell it at a price before planning consent is given, eliminating most of the so-called "hope value" and enabling new council housing to be built at lower cost land: Labour plans to make landowners…

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Truth to power

Truth to power

Okay, so I make no bones about my disdain for the festival of rent-seeking and lobbying that is the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos. The top of the worlds hierarchies, governments, their corporate whores and bastard children the lobbyists meet, and, as Adam Smith wrote nearly 250 years ago now: "People…

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DGTBA #1

DGTBA #1

...or "Don't Go To Bed Angry". The first in I hope an infrequent series of getting something off my chest before going to bed. Tonight: how not to make friends in a new political party. I was a witness and participant this evening in a Facebook thread in a forum for Liberal Democrat "Newbies" that…

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The Great Brexit Opportunity

The Great Brexit Opportunity

So, barring some exceedingly unlikely extraordinary parliamentary gyrations that see a 380 odd majority at second reading overturned at third reading, it looks like Article 50 will be invoked to Theresa May's timetable in March and negotiations will begin in earnest to achieve whatever they mean by "Brexit". Whilst I was a remain voter, and would…

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2030: The Confederation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2030: The Confederation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Here my "fantasy politics" piece for the Liberal Britain "2030 Vision" competition which has now closed and been judged, though the results have not been announced yet. As I say, a bit of fun really. It's about "sovereign localism" and sharing the rents, and about how central government is a thing of the past, for…

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Why this anarchist will be voting Remain on Thursday

Why this anarchist will be voting Remain on Thursday

Almost every self-declared libertarian I’ve heard from seems to believe some version of the idea that “leaving the EU is the greatest step toward liberty we can make in our lifetimes”. I disagree. In fact I go further and suggest it would be a regressive step to give those who wish to rule us from…

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