Re: Land Value Tax article in the Guardian
- --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "John" <burns-john@...> wrote:
> --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "mattbieker" <agrarian.justice@> wrote:Quite possibly. I may well have forgotten that.
> > So, I follow Emer O'Siochru on twitter, and today she re-tweeted a bunch of tweets by @sitevaluetax (which I now follow on twitter as well) and one of them was <a href="http://beta.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/08/land-value-tax">this article</a> from the Guardain. LVT continues to get big-time press in the UK. The article mentions a study, it refers to it as the "Mirrlees report," which after some googling, I found was available for free <a href="http://www.ifs.org.uk/mirrleesReview">here</a>. The relevant portion is chapter 16 of the "Tax by Design" portion, which is available in PDF <a href="http://www.ifs.org.uk/mirrleesreview/design/ch16.pdf">here</a>.
> Matt, I am sure I mentioned the IFS report a few years ago.
- --- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, "mattbieker" <agrarian.justice@...> wrote:
> The article mentions a study, it refers to it as the "MirrleesThe IFS was set up by a right-wing group (mainly of the Tory Party) in the 1960s to counter the then Labour government's policies. So for them to come up with a report with LVT in it is startling. The biggest funders of the Tory Party are financial institutions of the City of London and second is "land speculators". So no surprise it is generally an LVT sparse party.
> report," which after some googling, I found was available
> for free <a href="http://www.ifs.org.uk/mirrleesReview">here</a>.
The Tory party has another think tank in the Policy Exchange, also set up by a right-wing group, but as the IFS, claims to be politically "independent". Claims many take with a pinch of salt. But both have
come up with some good work at times. The IFS with the Mirrlees report and the PE who castigated the UK planning laws for causing a major housing shortage in a country with a land surplus and producing tiny homes at inflated prices. The Policy Exchange is said to be Cameron's favourite Think Tank. Cameron is changing the planning laws and hoping to further change them. Policy Exchange influence?
In one report from the Policy Exchange, they suggested the country should all move into the south east of England and abandon cities all over the north of England. So, many regard the outfit as warped cranks. At times they do not do themselves any favours.