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This was the New Statesman's cover story last week. It's now gone online.

Probably not especially new to anyone here, but still good to see this stuff out there, I think.

'The myth spun about Britain is that land is scarce. It is not – landowners are paid to keep it off the market.'

It's well written.

A nice introduction to some interesting issues.

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This was the New Statesman's cover story last week. It's now gone online.

Probably not especially new to anyone here, but still good to see this stuff out there, I think.

'The myth spun about Britain is that land is scarce. It is not – landowners are paid to keep it off the market.'

Bunch o' commies! :angry:

How dare they challenge the fact that the Frogs conquered us 1000 years ago and have been selling the country back to us sliver by tiny sliver ever since? ;)

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Bunch o' commies! :angry:

How dare they challenge the fact that the Frogs conquered us 1000 years ago and have been selling the country back to us sliver by tiny sliver ever since? ;)

Why sell when you can collect rent?

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Why sell when you can collect rent?

Better still, collect rent on 99.5%, get a subsidy for using it badly, and sell off 0.5% for about 40 times it's value.

Nice.

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Not convinced houses with large plots is any better, just different. The owners mostly seem to pay a bloke with a van to come and mow it and shake a hoe at the beds once a week for an hour. Not really useful or 'efficient'.

Furthermore beyond a certain size and lacking 'urban' density heating, lighting and maintenance costs can't be efficient either.

So is a bloke with a 6 bedroomed house sat on 1/2 an acre or more a better custodian of land than Lord Incognito of Ginandtonic?

The example of the US having much bigger house sizes would appear to actually work against them. It means longer commutes requiring more energy, more energy required for space heating, more materials consumed in building and maintenance per occupant, more roads, more drains, more everything.

Tax system and land registry is to c0ck of course but I'm not sure he's made the argument for 'bigger' average house sizes being 'better' overall, beyond perhaps a 'habitable' minimum unless he wants a nation of lawn mowers.

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Bunch o' commies! :angry:

How dare they challenge the fact that the Frogs conquered us 1000 years ago and have been selling the country back to us sliver by tiny sliver ever since? ;)

It wasn't the French that did us it was the Normans. Posh Vikings

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