This is a response to Jolyon Maugham’s blog yesterday SO JUST HOW GOOD IS THAT NORTHERN ROCK TRANSACTION? in which he questions George Osborne’s claim that the sale of these assets has made a profit for the UK taxpayer, given the likely use of Irish SPVs by the buyer.
This is another post, 21st June 2014, which is now accessible only to registered users on my local Forum, and which led to my coining the phrase ‘downsizing in situ’.
In December 2011 I went to a talk by Professor Alan Gilbert of the UCL Geography Department, about the struggle for good governance in Colombia’s capital city, and posted about it on my local Forum, where the subsequent discussion can still be read. It had a big impact on my thinking about localism, and I’ve referred back… Continue reading Whitehall, City Hall, Localism and The Renaissance of Bogotà
An exchange in comments on a recent blog by Jolyon Maugham about the difficulties of structuring a sin tax SOME TENTATIVE THOUGHTS ON A SUGAR TAX reminded me of a posting I made in June 2014 on my local forum, but which is now only visible to registered users. Jolyon’s blog showed the normal regressive pattern… Continue reading Since housing is, economically, a luxury good, why not tax it more?
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