Rent: The Economic Relationship Between Humanity and Nature

Rent: The Economic Relationship Between Humanity and Nature

So, attached is a "final" version of the paper on which I shall be basing my presentation at Lib Dem conference next Monday. The whole event was initially envisaged as a joint affair between Green Lib Dems and ALTER, the land tax campaign within the party. But GLD are doing something of their own. But…

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Rapacious Rent

The thread that runs right through this paper requires readers to understand what we mean when we talk about rent. No doubt many people, if they think about “rent”, think of, predominantly, what people without a home of their own pay to live in someone else’s spare property, or, more broadly, a fee one pays…

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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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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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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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The Wolfson Prize 2014: Garden Cities – one I made earlier

The Wolfson Prize 2014: Garden Cities – one I made earlier

Don't you just love it when someone comes up with an idea you had, more or less, ages ago, and gets a prize for it when they do it.  Grrr!  Well, I am pleased to say that one of my ideas this year has won the Policy Exchange think tank's Wolfson Economic Prize which called for…

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Who won Magna Carta?

Who won Magna Carta?

Judging by the reverence in which it is held, most people who are vaguely aware of Magna Carta's place in British, and beyond's, history think of it as some kind of a founding document of liberties of individuals against despotic monarchs and governments. It is somehow at the core of our constitution, and Englishmen abroad go…

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Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

Oxford Green Belt and Land Use Planning: Inefficient, Inequitable, Indefensible.

From the point of view of hypertension prevention I ought not to have, but for some crazy reason that currently eludes me, I found myself last evening at an event, a “panel discussion”, about the case for a “Green Belt Review” for Oxford. The panel was one councillor from beleaguered, hemmed in city council, one…

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The timeline to trouble

The timeline to trouble

So, a few days into the “LIBOR Scandal” what do we know, when did things start to go wrong and in what way did they breach “best practice”? Here’s a timeline to the current travails of the Treasury-privileged classes: 1690: John Freame, Quaker of Cirencester, and co-religionist Thomas Gould fled persecution in backward English countryside…

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