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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…