The more we went into different areas of the story, the more we found that the fundamental ideas are really not so remote from mainstream party politics. No one ever mentions Henry George, the term used now is LVT, Land Value Tax, or Location Value Tax. (And there clearly are people talking about LVT who don’t know of Henry George, we’ve even seen the idea of LVT attributed to Churchill.) Of course, as with the single tax, it isn’t a tax, it’s economic rent.
Within the Labour movement is the Labour Land Campaign, and there’s a nice picture of Ed Miliband here. The LLP are a member of the Coalition for Economic Justice
Within the Lib Dems is the ALTER group, Action for Land Taxation and Economic Reform. Vince Cable is the President and Nick Clegg is a Vice-President. Of course, there is great history here, Henry George had, despite being a foreign national, more or less drafted policy for the Liberal Party in the late 19th century and had enduring influence on the party, through the years of the Newcastle Programme, building to the People’s Budget of 1909. Here’s a relevant article. ALTER are also a member organisation of the Coalition for Economic Justice
And within the Conservative Party there have been elements talking about LVT, notably the Bow Group some years ago.
It is interesting – though shouldn’t be completely surprising – that such universal ideas should have some support – interest, at least - across all the main parties, suggesting surely that there is some broad realisation among all strands of opinion that the Remedy really does work in the natural interests of everybody who lives in this world. It's not much but it must be of some significance.
Significantly, LVT is core policy for the Green Party, and, in 2012, their thus far single MP, Caroline Lucas, introduced the Land Value Tax Bill to Parliament, which must be the first mention of this matter in Parliament since the 30s.
We‘ve only recently realised this – what the Green Party say is not reported on very much, despite having parliamentary representation – there is a party that you can vote for who are advocating and promoting principles of the Remedy, it is actual policy. And local currencies also figure.
This is their policies page, it’s definitely worth reading their policies, especially in light of a recent exercise conducted by Vote for Policies. George Monbiot explains in a recent article:
A survey by the website voteforpolicies.org.uk reports that in blind tests (the 500,000 people it has polled were unaware of which positions belong to which parties), the Green party’s policies are more popular than those of any other. If people voted for what they wanted, the Greens would be the party of government.
That is a huge sample and a hugely interesting reflection. Anyway, the election has happened now, and, etc.
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, has been trying to raise awareness in Parliament of the provisions of the Transatlantic TPPI, publishing a motion, but interesting just a handful of MPs.
If young people and poor people voted in the UK, the political landscape would be quite different. Maybe we’re moving towards a disaffected majority. Or maybe there’s lots of other movements happening.
Within the straitjacket of political orthodoxy, there are other voices. Here’s a party we know of, the Young People’s Party UK, who are setting out from nowhere with the aim of gaining representation.
And they link to this piece Killer Arguments against LVT . . . Not!
The Green Party and the YPP are observer organisations at the Coalition for Economic Justice
The Scottish League for the Taxation of Land Values have been in existence since 1890, they're original Single Taxers. Scotland does have a very particular issue around land ownership.
So much we're not covering . . .