Who Owns Britain and Ireland Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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"If you read no other book this year, read Who Owns Britain by Kevin Chahill. Whatever your politics, it will make you hair curl." (Scotland on Sunday)
"It is the sound and fury of Cahill's polemics that infuse a rare vigour to his prose." (Spectator)
"...the first comprehensive analysis of land-ownership in Britain since the nineteenth century... it is hard to believe that we've waited for a hundred years for this book... a vital and illuminating study of great political significance." (Andy Wightman, author of Who Owns Scotland)
This is a critique of both the landowning artistocracy and the Land Registry. Cahill argues that our present system of landownership is of material detriment to the vast majority of homeowners in the UK, while many of the wealthiest landowners in the country pay no rates and actually receive money in the form of grants and subsidies.See all Product description
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Cahil systematically puts into the public realm whatever can be known about the power of our very few landlords who not only eat up huge amounts of subsidies but place enormous tax burdens upon the 'plebs' they have been deceiving for centuries. His revelation that the Plantagenets survived their extinction is staggering..not least because it is a warning today of how hidden elites manipulate decision making power in their favour-regardless of government or policy- by ganging up to prey upon elected or instituted rulers.
If government 'by the people and for the people' is ever going to take place in this nation, it will be by forcing an openness upon every person or institution using hard earned public money, this book details what must happen..and soon.
Will UK plc enter the modern world or descend into feudal darkness out of the reach of any computer data base?..this book is a wake up call to all who care about the nation, its myths, its realities and its future...
It is a pity about the price which will be prohibitive for some, but in part I imagine that reflects the sheer scale of the book and the wealth of information inside. One of the first things it points out and discusses is how little of actual land ownership is documented or recorded, and that there is no government requirement it be so. Vast swathes of the countryside are owned by people that we know nothing of, nor can we hold them to account. Yet by manipulation of the system these same landowners siphon money from the taxpayer. That's just the start of it.
If this book is not in your college, university or city library ask them why.