As Dan Sullivan found out when he came here, our politics is very different to the US. Socialism is not a bad word. Indeed our 'Party of Government' Fianna Fail (translated as Soldiers of Destiny - I kid you not) likes to call itself socialist when it wants to pander to the populace. To be right-wing or conservative is a 'bad thing' though.
The two leading political parties, relics of the Civil War, are both actually, conservative populist parties. Our proportional representation electoral system often throws up coalitions hence the disproportonate power of the Greens who support land tax -so no disrespectful remarks about the Greens!.
We have support for land taxes from Father Sean Healy of CORI Justice - a Religious Council and support from architects and planners tired of the developer free-for -all that has destroyed our landscape and economy.
We in Smart Taxes Network like both land value taxes and good strong planning regulation. There you are - completely at odds with the US land taxer.!
It is a different universe here and it is not helpful if you do not study it in depth before you tender help or you will put your foot in it.
But help gratefully received non the less - especially technical help in the valuation exercise itself.
Actually funding to do the valuation studies ourselves as the government is notoriously slow to move (and this government may not last that long), would be very useful.
On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 7:41 PM, Jeffery J. Smith <jjs@...>
On Oct 12, 2009, at 3:58 AM, Emer O'Siochru wrote:
There are difficulties; not least that the coalition government also agreed to a truly nutty ... tax and the other tries to capture it for the banks under Nama. The government is not aware of the contradiction - or maybe they are - and it is a cynical exercise to appease the Greens!
Wow! A nation where Greens need appeasing!
In theory anyway, overlooking the above, we have to finish a property mapping and ... not this years budget but maybe next years, at a push.
Scary. This step is what de-railed the land tax in Lloyd George's budget.
Dr Constantin Gurdgiev will be working on the bones of a practical schemes as I ... Amazingly, there has not been a knee jerk reaction against it by the usual suspects yet but we are not holding our breath.
Are the media covering this?
Would any in the Erie Left or Right like to help?
SMITH, Jeffery J.
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