[Diggers350] Housing bubble behind the 'cost of living crisis’ , yet Labour's LGT could stop millions of owners passing homes on

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon May 23 11:50:46 BST 2022

Pay No Rent! How to permanently fix the UK’s cost of living crisis

May 2022 <https://tlio.org.uk/author/tony/>Tony 

What’s really behind ‘the cost of living crisis’?

BRISTOL 18May22 by Tony Gosling – The cost of 
living crisis meme is being circulated by the 
London media since late summer 2021 to describe 
the disposable income squeeze. Basic costs like 
food and energy are projected to increase from 
anything between 25% and 150%, while wages are 
effectively frozen. On top of that, overall 
inflation is now 11%, so real wages are falling 
fast. A rude awakening for tens of thousands 
every week working all hours God sends but unable to pay the bills.

‘Work’, in the Tory parlance, no longer, ‘Makes 
You Free’, and is no longer be tauted as a route 
out of poverty. As Mr Micawber says in Dickens’ 
David Copperfield, “Annual income twenty pounds, 
annual expenditure nineteen and six: result 
happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual 
expenditure twenty pounds ought and six: result misery.”

But the increase in fuel and gas prices cannot be 
put down to ‘Russian sanctions’ or even the fact 
that Asia is buying more tanker-borne US Liquid 
Natural Gas (LNG). If market forces were behind 
these price hikes we would have not seen the 
skyrocketing of annual Shell and BP dividends, 
with combined annual profit now at around £50 
billion. Not turnover, PROFIT! Its just good old 
commodity price fixing. Please, no windfall tax. 
These utilities need to be regulated back into 
public ownership. So the poor too can share in their success. Now.

GDP, the debt trappists’ god

Over millennia, the banksters and the racketeer 
rentiers they sponsor have sought to capture 
every institution that opposes them by trapping 
the target in debt servitude. Thomas Cook Travel, 
Four Seasons Healthcare, BHS, Laker Airways, even 
the mighty Carillion, all died this way  Most of 
the developing world, with the notable exception 
of Gaddafi’s Libya, has been laid waste by 
unpayable debt. Now it’s our turn. And with the 
national debt now well over £2 trillion the 
British state is succumbing fast. A crash is 
inevitable. We need to ready Plan B’: To, over a 
year or so, make life’s essentials free.

The obvious principle is to gradually share 
Britain out so we all have a roughly equal share 
of the country. But no, even if those who own a 
tiny plot and haven’t had to sell it to pay for 
elderly care, still have a home, many, even on 
‘the left’, think its cool to take that 16’x80’ 
plot off the elderly when they die.


Many blame Theresa May’s attempt to float a 
‘Dementia Tax’[1] in the 2017 general election 
for her losing the Tory majority. But Labour went 
much further in proposals to make more of us 
landless. Corbyn’s shadow chancellor John 
McDonnell, with adviser Richard Murphy and others 
proposed the Lifetime Gifts Tax (LGT) in the pre 
2019 general election ‘Land For The Many’ report. 
Andy Wightman, Marion Shoard, Oli Rodker, Anna 
Minton, Simon Fairlie and others endorsed this 
wheeze, despite it raising the number of Brits 
slated to lose homes on the death of a parent 
(unless they had substantial savings to pay the 
tax) from 650k, up to 10 million![2] Authored by 
George Monbiot, Guy Shrubsole, Robin Grey and 
others, ‘Land For The Many’ should have been titled ‘Land From The Many’!

Contributor to the Land For The Many report, 
Professor Richard Murphy, was contacted for his 
response to press reports saying the Lifetime 
Gifts Tax could bring twenty times more 
homeowners into inheritance tax bands which mean 
they could lose their homes. His response was 'If 
that's what you think, I have nothing to say to you', and put the phone down.

In ‘Who Owns Britain’ (Ireland, The World) author 
and former Sunday Times Rich List land specialist 
Kevin Cahill explains the British people did a 
pretty good job post-WWII clawing back land and 
homes from the historic land rentiers. 
Individuals now have more land than at any time 
since the enclosures. Does the ‘to each according 
to his need’ crew really want to stop us passing 
family homes on? Driving the poorest half of 
homeowners back into the landlords’ clutches? Do 
they really believe HSBC or the Rees-Mogg state should own everything?


Gerrard Winstanley and his 1649 Diggers or ‘True 
Levellers’ raised key questions over private land 
‘ownership’, but the rentiers who convince 
themselves they own this world are waging a 
secret war through left NGOs on our right to pass 
on to our kids the basic means to live. LVT 
campaigners even think homes, market gardens and 
smallholdings should be taxed. Forced into the 
money system to boost GDP. No. Genuine Socialists 
know you tax luxuries and bloated estates, never 
necessities like a modest self-sufficient parcel, under a few acres of land.

Like Prince Charles and Klaus Schwab the ‘Deep 
State’ in the City of London want the ‘New 
Normal’ to see us and our children all living in 
fear of eviction by them, because that makes us 
their slaves. Sensing blood Lloyds bank has 
declared its aim to become the UK’s biggest homeowner by 2030.[3]

The 1947 Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
spells it out; ‘Everyone has the right to a 
standard of living adequate for the health and 
well-being of himself and his family, including 
food, clothing, housing, and medical care and 
necessary social services, and the right to 
security in the event of unemployment, sickness, 
disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of 
livelihood, in circumstances beyond his control.’ 
That means an ABSOLUTE RIGHT, even if we can’t pay the rent.


No. we need to extend family land ownership, or 
an inalienable right to council housing, and 
gradually get every household their own home with 
security of tenure for them and their children. 
Not tax home owners out of existence. That’s why 
our ancestors invented the ‘copyhold’ tenancy and 
why the Victorians extinguished it. It made it 
impossible for a house to be loan collateral and 
forfeited, guaranteed it would be passed on.

So. let's reduce every family’s living overheads 
to zero. The real debt is the land the state, 
feudal barons and banksters stole from us and now 
they owe us. Tory or Labour, the rentiers love it 
when we’re landless because we have to pay them 
every day just for the right to be. That, also, 
is why neo-Nazi Priti Patel is criminalising 
gypsies and travellers. There but for the grace of God, go all of us.

If it goes on at this rate Prince Charles and 
Klaus Schwab will indeed get their way and we 
will own nothing at all, and they’ll probably put 
low-grade MDMA in the water, to keep us happy!

House costs: build versus buy shocker!

Ignore the ‘value’ of the land for a minute. 
Ground clearance, services, foundations, 
materials and labour to build a three bedroom 
house, with a life of around 200 years, comes out 
around £100,000. That’s under £10 a week. The 
mystery 95% is pure profiteering. The real ‘cost 
of living crisis’ post globalisation, is the 
capitalists don’t innovate any more, just clamour 
to get their precious returns, off our basic essentials.

A lesson from Michael Davitt’s Irish Land League

The most successful challenge to the British 
crown’s empire-winning landlessness strategy, to 
keep the poor on their knees, was in 1880s 
Ireland. Holding the balance of power, the Irish 
MPs of the 1880s teamed up with Michael Davitt 
and the Irish Land League to prize out of the 
government a series of acts of parliament 
converting the famine-era rack rents into title 
deeds for the old tenants. Government loans meant 
they could buy the land and build a decent 
farmhouse to replace their hovel, on almost every 
one of the Catholics’ modest holdings in the south.


Overnight, the desperate conditions of tenant 
farmers who’d been at the mercy of the absentee 
landlords’ factor, was transformed. And the loan 
repayments were a fraction of what the old rents 
had been. We need to take a leaf from the Land 
League’s book, to rid the land of these parasitic 
landlords once and for all, and convert those 
rents to housing cooperatives, tenant run housing 
associations or purchase agreements.

Who we are

The Land Is Ours was set up in 1995 by writer 
George Monbiot with the aim to echo in the UK 
land rights campaigns across the developing 
world, notably Brazil’s landless movement (MST). 
Also to take up the cause through non-violent 
direct action of forgotten Diggers, Chartists and 
Land Leaguers on our own islands. You can find us 
online at www.tlio.org.uk and join the Diggers 
list, set up in Easter 1999 when we occupied St 
George’s Hill,  Surrey for two weeks on the 
Diggers’ 350th anniversary, by sending a blank 
email to diggers350-subscribe at gn.apc.org

Land is a free gift to mankind so should never be 
considered private property like other things. 
‘True Leveller’ Gerrard Winstanley said ‘The 
Earth is a Common Treasury for All, Without 
Respect of Persons’. Winstanley died a Quaker and 
the Bible puts it thus: The land is not to be 
sold permanently, for the Earth is mine, sayeth 
The Lord God, and you are but my tenants. Leviticus 25:25.


[1] Daily Express: Theresa May social care 
policy: What is the ‘dementia tax’ and what has 
changed? By Alice Foster Mon 22May17
[2] Metro: Labour tax plan ‘could stop parents 
passing on homes to kids’, by Kate Buck, Mon 01Jul19
[3] Scottish Daily Record: Lloyds Bank sets out 
new plans to buy 50,000 homes to become UK’s 
biggest landlord by 2030, by Linda Howard, Wed 01Sep21
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