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The LVTC blog, by Henry Law

The comments in the LVTC Blog are a personal view of our Hon. Secretary Henry Law and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Campaign.

This is a place for personal observations and comments on politics, economics, current affairs, on-going discussions on the potential for LVT to remedy some of the current ills, and the impact on Society of any of the above. 

Please read and enjoy, and feel free to respond to Henry if you have any thing you would like to add.

What is every man's right?

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Private Land

The Right of Public Access

We rely on the Right of Public Access whenever we go out in the countryside – whether it is to take a walk, go kayaking, climb a mountain or just sit down on a rock to think. The Right of Public Access is a unique institution. It gives us all the freedom to roam the countryside. But we must also take care of nature and wildlife, and we must show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. In other words: Don’t disturb – don’t destroy!

What is the Right of Public Access?


Car parking arguments go on for ever

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Arguments about how car parking space should be allocated, and to whom, is one that seemingly goes on for ever. It would help if the parking issue was recognised for what it really is - a market in real estate.

Hit those welfare scroungers

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David Cameron today unveiled plans to impose a £25-a-week benefit cut on incapacity benefit claimants who were considered fit for work. The Conservatives want to fund a £600m back-to-work programme with the money saved. They think their "tough and tender" approach will show that they are willing to help victims of the recession with apprenticeships and training and by modernising welfare. Cameron described the measures as "the centrepiece of the Tory conference" and a "big, bold, radical scheme to get millions of people back to work".

We have been here several times before. In the 1990s they put the unemployed onto incapacity benefit to make the figures look better. Then there was all sorts of attempts to withdraw the benefit when the costs started to balloon out of control. The effect of the crackdown was marginal. Then, the claimants tended to be manual workers who were no longer fit enough to continue doing the jobs they had always done, and had been weeded out when the recession came. Now, claimants tend to be younger and suffering from the stress of the contemporary working environment. In both sets of cases the many of the claimants could probably do some kind of job, but the jobs would have to exist and the employers would have to cater for their limitations.

Where are the jobs supposed to come from? Britain is "in" a recession, rather as one is "in" bed with flu. "Job creation", which seems to be what the Conservatives are in favour of, was tried in the 1980s.

We need inflation

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So some economists would have us believe. Richard Murphy, who runs the Tax Research web site and was interviewed on the radio earlier this week, is all in favour of it. A self-proclaimed Keynsian, he argues that the economy will grind to a standstill if prices are falling. This makes no sense.


The socially useless City

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Lord Turner, head of Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA), this week described much of the City's activities as "socially useless" and questioned whether it has grown too large.

What the City ought to be doing is to arrange finance to enable trade and industry to function smoothly. But what amounts to a casino has grown up on the back of these legitimate functions. The money appears to be made like this...

Perfectly muddled thinking

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Henry Law's scathing personal comments on the proposed phone tax can be read on the LVTC blog.

Popular misconceptions from Tax Justice Network

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The Tax Justice Network, as its name implies, aims to promote justice in taxation. As I have said previously, the organisation ought to be on-side with us but sadly it is not. It does little more than trade on public indignation, admittedly well-founded, and promote popular left-wing myths. This is an example of a recent exchange I had, which they declined to publish on their blog, as TJN seems to censor comments it is uncomfortable with.

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