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Land Value Tax – Towards a Fairer Society

A guest article by Dr Carole Tongue and Dr Dinos Kyrou, of the Professional Land Reform Group.

“All taxation is theft”. The quote from political activist Lester Neil Smith (also a writer of science fiction), has been used by the right wing and those who oppose distribution of wealth for decades. Ironically, those who support Land Value Tax may think that L.N. Smith was correct – to a certain degree. Continue reading Land Value Tax – Towards a Fairer Society

A Taxing Question: Do Lib Dems want the Youth Vote?

Tony VickersA poll by the Hansard Society to coincide with the local elections in May had the Liberal Democrats winning the Youth Vote: 30% of 100,000 pupils in over 200 schools voted Lib Dem, with Labour and Greens tying on 25% and the Tories on 15%. National policies such as free tuition fees and opposition to the Iraq War probably account for it, but the Lib Dems could be about to squander this support. The reason is an unlikely one for the Party that still sings “The Land” at its annual conference: the virtual abandonment of any domestic property tax. Continue reading A Taxing Question: Do Lib Dems want the Youth Vote?

Helen Adams: Give young people a stake in the homeowner democracy

Helen AdamsCan I just say how important it is that sites such as HandsOffOurFuture are here to remind everyone that there is a huge population of people who will be driving the economy over the next three decades but as far as I can see they will be suffering taxation without representation.

My business is in helping young people on to the housing ladder and from what the hundreds of young people we advise each month are telling me they don’t have a stake in our homeowning democracy.

The first thing to realise is how important it is to make housing affordable. Continue reading Helen Adams: Give young people a stake in the homeowner democracy