Saturday, 26 March 2016

Land Larceny

Sneaked out at close of business on Maundy Thursday was the deranged scheme to privatise the Land Registry.

In 2013, the most recent year for which the full figures are available, the Land Registry returned £100 million to the Exchequer.

In any case, if I were this governing party and perhaps especially this Government, then I should avoid any mention of the question of land ownership like all the Plagues of Egypt.

It would arise inescapably in the event of withdrawal from the EU, though.

As soon as any one of this country's many controlling foreign and anti-democratic influences were banished or otherwise overthrown, then the dominoes would start to fall with some rapidity.

The sense of "the Norman yoke", which was successfully invoked in order to bring about universal suffrage in the nineteenth century, has never gone away.

Nor has that of being "trespassers in the land of our birth", which was successfully invoked in order to pass the People's Budget, and to limit the powers of the House of Lords, as recently as 1911.

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